WASHINGTON — Transportation stakeholders are urging increased support from the Department of Transportation for state and local governments and railroads to take advantage of a rail financing program that provides low-interest federal loans and credit for infrastructure projects and debt refinancing.

Under the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program established in 1998, the Federal Railroad Administration provides up to $35 billion in direct loans at interest rates roughly equal to the 30-year Treasury rate, as well as loan guarantees.

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