- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State transportation officials say $17 million in grants is available for improving rail and port facilities across New York.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll says applications for funds from the Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program are being accepted for projects that support railroad and port capital improvements.

Driscoll says the funding is intended to boost freight capacity on railroads and at ports to reduce truck traffic on the state’s highways.

According to the DOT statement released Friday, railroad operators, industrial development agencies and state and local government agencies and authorities are eligible to apply for funding by the Aug. 27 deadline.

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