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 state incentive funding to increase freight rail usage in Massachusetts by making it easier for shippers/receivers to connect to the freight rail system and for railroads to attract and serve viable markets.

Successful IRAP projects will generate public benefits by helping to retain industry partners and facilitating economic growth, job retention and new job creation while enhancing the environmental and energy benefits of freight rail and mitigating the impacts of roadway congestion.

IRAP was established to address the following overarching economic goals:

(1) Increase access to freight rail 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.


IRAP awards in the Pioneer Valley

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

 

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

2015

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

 

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

2017

Holyoke | Pioneer Valley Railroad | $495,000 award
Repair of an an out-of-service bridge. When complete, the Pioneer Valley Railroad and Pan Am Southern will once again be able to interchange rail cars via their track interconnection in Holyoke.

Holyoke | United Materials Management | $500,000 award
Extension of an existing rail spur

Ware | Tri-County Recycling | $123,720 award
Construction of a new rail spur

2018

Wilbraham | Western Recycling Inc. | $500,000 award
The project will allow an existing solid waste handling facility in Wilbraham to load outbound waste into railcars for shipment to out-of-state landfills. The project includes the construction of one loading track and five storage tracks for a total of 6,000 feet of new track.

 


Further reading

Industrial Rail Access Program (MassDOT)

Title 700 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, section 4.00

 

 

Page last updated: August 14, 2019
Page last reviewed: April 4, 2017