For informational/historical purposes only.
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Department of Transportation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2000
Railroad Grade Applications Sought
ColumbusMike Ciotola, railroad grade separation program manager for the Ohio Department of Transportation, announced today that communities seeking help eliminating sites where rail and vehicles traffic crosses have two months through December 18 to apply for state funding.
The applications can be received from the Web at: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/railapp.htm
In addition, they can be gotten at ODOT district offices or by calling Ciotola at (614) 466-1267.
The program an initiative of Gov. Bob Taft was announced in February 2000 to provide rail grade separations for areas most affected by the increased rail traffic caused by the acquisition of Conrail by the Norfolk and Southern Railway Co. and CSX Transportation, Inc. The $200 million program is to last 10 years. The state is to provide 60 percent of the funding, with railroad and local community contributions.
Ciotola said, "Although we will be accepting applications again this year from October 18 through December 18, we have a limited ability to bring any new projects into the program. We will collect information and evaluate applications, but we will withhold any decisions until late spring or early summer of 2002, pending the results of ongoing feasibility studies."
Decisions on funding are made by a four-member subcommittee of the TRAC.