Industrial Rail Access Program

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) is a competitive grant program created by the Massachusetts State Legislature in 2012.

IRAP is a public/private partnership program that provides financial assistance to eligible applicants who are prepared to invest in industry‐based rail infrastructure access improvement projects located on, within or adjacent to the Massachusetts freight rail transportation network.

IRAP was established to address the following overarching economic goals:

(1) Increase access for Commonwealth industry partners to freight rail distribution services;

(2) Stimulate economic development, retain and grow Massachusetts corporations, retain manufacturing jobs, and create new jobs through increased efficiency, production capacity, and improved distribution logistics;

(3) Preserve, rehabilitate, and establish new and expanded industrial rail spurs and industry distribution rail sidings to increase the shipment of goods using freight rail, and

(4) Provide pre‐construction funding for promising projects to acquire portions of railroad rights of way and to support design and permitting services needed to ready projects for implementation

Questions about the IRAP program should be directed to the Manager of State/Federal Rail Programs, MassDOT Rail & Transit Division. (contact details are listed in the sample IRAP application below.)

 


IRAP project awards in the Pioneer Valley

2017

to be announced

2016

Palmer | Essroc Cement Corp | $77,364 award
Improvements to a rail spur and an associated unloading facility

Westfield | Pioneer Valley Railroad | $150,000 award
Rehabilitation of a rail spur serving the DCP propane terminal

2015

Westfield | Pioneer Valley Railroad | $175,045 award
Installation of new rail siding at Railroad Distribution Services facility

2014

Westfield | Pioneer Valley Railroad | $310,032 award
Westfield – Easthampton mainline yard capacity project

Palmer | New England Central Railroad | $499,800 award
Industrial Park Freight Capacity Expansion Project

2013

Amherst | New England Central Railroad | $500,000 award
Improvements to mainline tracks

Palmer | New England Central Railroad | $500,000 award
Construction of a new rail siding and complete loading dock and laydown area improvements at Sherwood Lumber

 


2017 Industrial Rail Access Program

2017 IRAP Application (PDF)

Completed applications were due on February 17, 2017.

 


Further reading

Industrial Rail Access Program (MassDOT)

Title 700 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, section 4.00

 

 

Page last updated: July 9, 2017
Page last reviewed: April 4, 2017