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.
Freight Railroad Infrastructure Improvement Program (FRIIP) - The FRIIP 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.
- Harbor Assistance Program (HAP) - The HAP 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.
- State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) program - The SIB program, similar to a private bank, offers a range of loans and credit options to help finance eligible surface transportation projects.
- Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) program - The TEA program provides funding of up to $1 million to governing bodies for the completion of road, rail, harbor or airport improvements that support the increase or creation of jobs.
Economic Development Assistance Program summary
Other aid programs
Airport Improvement Program (AIP) - The AIP combines federal and state financial resources to help fund improvements to public-use airports throughout the state.
- Carbon Reduction Program - The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 (BIL) establishes a Carbon Reduction Program. This new federal program provides funding for projects that reduce transportation emissions and requires states to develop comprehensive carbon reduction strategies.
Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program - The CMAQ program encourages transportation alternatives in southeast Wisconsin 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.
- Freight Railroad Preservation Program (FRPP) - One of two railroad assistance programs, the FRPP 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-supported rail lines. Projects can include the purchase of rail lines in an effort to preserve freight rail service.
- Railroad crossing improvements - Wisconsin's Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR) works with private rail firms, local governments and citizens on a variety of highway/rail crossing issues.
Roadside Sponsorship Program - 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.
State Trunk Highway Fire Call Claim program - Wisconsin law provides this mechanism for local governments to recover up to $500 of their costs for responding to fire calls on highways maintained by the state.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) - The 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."