Illinois Competitive Freight Program

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The Illinois Department of Transportation has completed solicitation of applications for a new competitive grant program that aims to improve the mobility of freight at the local level. Applications were due April 6 for up to $225 million in National Highway Freight Program funds to be distributed through 2022.

The efficient movement of goods and services is central to what makes Illinois the transportation hub of North America. IDOT is excited to offer this exciting opportunity to invest in our communities and help them arrive at solutions that will generate economic activity, create jobs and enhance the quality of life for their residents.

Administered by IDOT using federal funds, the competitive grant program is designed to implement the goals of the Illinois State Freight Plan to improve safety, boost efficiency and grow the economy. Successful proposals will include plans to reduce bottlenecks, improve freight-related safety, increase intermodal accessibility to freight corridors and enhance efficiency through the strategic deployment of technology. Applications we've received from local agencies, the regional planning commissions, the State DOT, and other transportation authorities. 

Application and qualification information is below. Grant awards will be announced by June.

IDOT received 46 applications requesting close to $600 million in freight funds. 

Please see the attached ISFAC powerpoint presentation where we presented the preliminary rankings by project category.

Key Dates

April 23, 2018

Illinois State Freight Advisory Committee meeting to present ranking.

June 5, 2018

Announcement of Awards