Subsidy

A Transport Subsidy or Subsidy is an incentive for you to transport a designated type of Cargo from one specific location to another. The Local authority will usually notify all players about the subsidy through the Newspaper. After the announcement, the first company to provide the service as described in the offer before the expiration date will be awarded the subsidy, which includes a bonus rate for that service for the next year; depending on the difficulty of the game, subsidized services will pay anywhere from an extra 50% (1.5x, 3:2) to quadruple the regular rate (4x, 4:1).

Please note that Passenger and cargo distribution, if activated, will disable subsidies.

Any subsidies available, or any subsidies you or other companies in the game have been awarded (either AI or player-controlled) will appear on this screen:

The Subsidies window showing available and awarded subsidies as well as the dates by which they must be claimed or will end, respectively

Open this screen by clicking on the Subsidies button: Subsidies.

Feature availability
<1.0
1.0-1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5-1.7
Nightly
Feature availability
<1.0
1.0-1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5-1.7
Nightly

Players that take advantage of subsidies can find themselves making more money than players who do not. Subsidies are a good way for new players who join a Multiplayer game to get a strong foothold easily.