The following programs can provide financial assistance to local governments, along with other public and private entities, to make a variety of improvements to highways, airports, harbors, bike, rail and pedestrian facilities.
Combines federal and state financial resources to help fund improvements to public-use airports throughout the state.
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. The funds are only available in the southeastern Wisconsin ozone non-attainment and maintenance counties.
Provides loans that assist with improvements to rail infrastructure, highway/grade crossings, and the construction of new rail-served facilities in an effort to boost economic activity. Eligible applicants include private industries, railroads, and local governments.
Provides grants to local governments and public entities that cover up to 80% of the costs of rail projects designed to preserve rail service or rehabilitate fixed-facilities on publicly-owned rail lines. Projects can include the purchase of rail lines in an effort to preserve freight rail service.
Assists Wisconsin harbor communities along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River with projects that maintain and improve waterborne commerce. Eligible applicants include municipal and tribal governments.
Among its duties, the state Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR) works with private rail firms, local governments and citizens on a variety of highway/rail crossing issues.
The roadside sponsorship program is intended to recognize a corporation or business with the use of acknowledgement signs for their monetary contribution to the maintenance of highway roadsides.
The SIB Program, similar to a private bank, offers a range of loans and credit options to help finance eligible surface transportation projects.
Wisconsin law provides a mechanism for local governments to recover up to $500 of their costs for responding to fire calls on highways maintained by the state.
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) allocates federal funds to transportation improvement projects that "expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life, and protect the environment."
Provides 50% matching grants of up to $1 million that help local municipalities complete road, rail, harbor or airport improvements that create or retain jobs.