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INDOT's Rail Office is dedicated to preserving and developing freight and passenger corridors throughout Indiana. This is done through financial assistance to railroads and port authorities, participation in regional planning groups, and monitoring rail industry developments.

Currently, INDOT has updated the Indiana State Rail Plan and has submitted it to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for final approval. Federal law requires an update of INDOT’s state rail plan every four years.

INDOT hosted three virtual Stakeholder Engagement Meetings where the public and rail stakeholders were invited. The updates on the development of the State Rail Plan were shared. Preliminary findings and recommendations for the state rail plan were discussed, as well, which provides guidance on the improvement of freight and passenger rail investments in rural and urban areas throughout the Hoosier state.

Stakeholder Meeting Summaries are below, along with the 2021 State Rail Plan.

State Rail Plan Meeting

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Note: 11x17 size - suitable for printing maps.

FY 2023 Grade Crossing Fund

The Indiana State Legislature established the Railroad Grade Crossing Fund (RRGCF) (I.C. 8-6-7.7-6.1) to provide funding for railroad-highway crossing improvement projects throughout Indiana. The INDOT Rail Office manages the RRGCF program as a cost reimbursement grant. Local Public Agencies, such as cities, towns, and counties, are eligible to apply, as are Class II and Class III Railroads and Port Authorities.

The Rail Programs Office is accepting applications for FY23 GCF from May 31, 2022 – July 29, 2022. Applicants will need to apply through the GRIP system via ITAP. Instructions for applying are below along with the RRGCF Guidelines.

The Crossing Closure Program is a part of the Railroad Grade Crossing Fund. Applications are accepted for this program all year. The Crossing Closure Program is a one-time incentive payment grant administered by the Rail Programs Office. Local Public Agencies (LPAs) are eligible to apply for this incentive program in the same manner as the RRGCF. The Rail Programs Office will determine the award given to each community, after the application is received. The FY23 Crossing Closure Guidelines are below.

Crossing Closure applications are accepted throughout the year and can be submitted through the Grant Rail Project (GRIP) system via ITAP at the following link:https://itap.indot.in.gov/login.aspx

All applicants will need accounts through Access Indiana to apply. Below are instructions for applying, along with the RRGCF Guidelines.

Please contact Rail Programs Office at SrRailPlanner@indot.in.gov with any questions.

FY2022 Industrial Rail Service Fund

The Industrial Rail Service Fund (I.C. 8-3-1.7) was established to assist in funding for the rehabilitation of the smaller railroads' infrastructure. Eligible railroads are Class II & III Freight Railroads and Railroad Port Authorities.

The FY22 IRSF application period ended November 15, 2021. Project selections have been completed and the FY22 Awards List is below. For questions about this grant program, please contact Bridgette Hail, Sr. Rail Planner at bhail@indot.in.gov.

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For any questions, please contact INDOT Customer Service at 855-INDOT4U (463-6848)

Venetta Keefe
Rail Programs Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 North Senate Ave., IGCN N758-MM
Indianapolis, IN. 46204

Bridgette Hail
Senior Rail Planner
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave, IGCN N758-MM
Indianapolis, IN. 46204

Thomas R. Rueschhoff, P.E.
Senior Rail Project Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 North Senate Ave., IGCN N758-MM
Indianapolis, IN. 46204

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