Freight Railroad Infrastructure Improvement Program
The Freight Rail Infrastructure Improvement Program (FRIIP) is one of two freight rail assistance programs WisDOT currently
administers (also see the Freight Rail Preservation Program
[FRPP]). Wisconsinís original rail assistance program was created in 1977 to help preserve freight rail service during an era when widespread railroad bankruptcies and line abandonments threatened the availability of rail service in Wisconsin.
Initially, the program was limited to grants to local governments because of constitutional restrictions on state assistance to railroads. But in 1992, Wisconsin voters approved a constitutional amendment that allowed state money to fund railroads as a type of internal improvement.
In 1992 the FRIIP loan program was added to the stateís rail assistance program. FRIIP loans enable the state to encourage a broader array of improvements to the rail system, particularly on privately owned lines. It also provides funding for other rail related projects such as loading and trans-loading facilities.
Statutory information about Wisconsin freight railroad assistance
can be found in Wis.
Since 1992, $112 million in FRIIP loans have been awarded.
Today's available funding is from the repayment of prior loans.
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