The Freight Rail Preservation Program (FRPP) is one of two freight rail assistance programs WisDOT
administers (also see the Freight Rail Infrastructure Improvement Program
[FRIIP]). Wisconsinís original rail assistance program was created in 1977 to help communities and shippers 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 included railroads in the list of internal improvements state money could fund.
In 1992, the original rail assistance grant program was replaced by the current FRPP program, which provides grants to local units of government, industries, and railroads for the purpose of preserving essential rail lines and rehabilitating them following purchase.
Statutory information about Wisconsin freight railroad assistance
can be found in Wis.
Since 1980, under both the original rail assistance program and FRPP, some
$155 million in grants have been awarded for
rail acquisition and rehabilitation
projects. The 2011-2013 state budget provides $30 million for
the biennium in bonding authority for the program.
The Freight Railroad Preservation Program provides grants up to 80% of the
To purchase abandoned rail lines in an effort to continue freight service, or for the preservation of the opportunity for future rail
To rehabilitate facilities, such as tracks or bridges, on publicly-owned rail
FRPP application materials are available to download:
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