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Economic development - Programs and activities
WisDOT has a number of assistance programs that act directly as a catalyst for economic development in Wisconsin. These programs provide grants and loans to businesses and local communities for their transportation-related needs.
- Airport Improvement Program
Combines federal, state, and local resources to help fund improvements to nearly 100 public-use airports in Wisconsin
- Freight Rail Infrastructure Improvement
Awards loans to private industries, railroads, and local governments to improve rail infrastructure and rail-related facilities
Freight Rail Preservation Program
Provides grants to local units of government, industries, and railroads to preserve rail lines and service
- Harbor Assistance Program
Assists harbor communities in maintaining and improving waterborne commerce
- Transportation Economic Assistance
Provides grants to help local municipalities complete road, rail, harbor or airport improvements that create or retain jobs
- State Infrastructure Bank Program
Offers a range of loans and credit options to help finance surface transportation projects
WisDOT also has a number of programs and activities that provide benefits to the state to help support economic development.
- Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality
Encourages transportation alternatives that improve air quality such as public transit enhancements, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, ridesharing programs and facilities, and technologies that improve traffic flow and vehicle emissions
- Corridors 2030 Highway Network
WisDOT's long-range highway improvement plan designed to provide essential links to employment and population centers
- Directional and Information Sign
Provide signs through the Tourist Oriented Directional Sign (TODS) Program and the Specific Information Sign (SIS) Program
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
Attempts to increase participation of firms owned by disadvantaged individuals in all federal aid and state transportation facility contracts
Addresses deficiencies in the highway and bridge system and incorporates needed new improvements to increase the safety and mobility of the system
- In this together
The “In this together” program is designed to help Wisconsin businesses not just survive - but thrive during highway construction.
- Local Transportation Enhancements Program
Funds projects that increase multi-modal transportation alternatives and enhance communities and the environment
- Rest areas
The state's major rest areas provide amenities to travelers on Wisconsin highways.
- Rustic Roads
The Rustic Roads System in Wisconsin was created in an effort to preserve what remains of Wisconsin's scenic, lightly traveled country roads for the leisurely enjoyment of bikers, hikers and motorists.
- Scenic Byways Program
Identifies, designates, promotes, and preserves a system of State Trunk Highways recognized for their scenic views and ability to offer travelers an exceptional travel experience
- Transit assistance programs
WisDOT's transit assistance programs support the urban bus and shared-ride taxi systems operating throughout the state.
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