U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Availability of $291 Million for Rail Capital Projects
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program (Partnership Program). The NOFO includes $291.4 million in grant funding and is the third such NOFO for the Partnership Program to help repair and rehabilitate intercity passenger railroad assets.
“This Administration has continuously emphasized the importance of investing in the safety and efficiency of our Nation’s rail infrastructure and these federal dollars will help make grade crossings safer and enhance service reliability,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao
The Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Partnership Program and remaining Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) funding, which includes $198 million made available by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, and $93.4 million that remains unawarded from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, will support capital projects that repair, replace, or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance.
Eligible applications may involve railroad infrastructure, equipment, or facility assets such as track, ballast, switches and interlockings, bridges, communication and signal systems, power systems, highway-rail grade crossings, stations, passenger cars, locomotives, maintenance-of-way equipment, and yards, terminal areas, and maintenance shops.
“All eligible parties should take full advantage of this opportunity to leverage private, state, and local investments that boost capital projects, including those that enhance safety in track and equipment and improve safety at highway-rail grade crossings or otherwise grade-separate rail intersections,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory.
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The Partnership Program grants are intended to benefit publicly or Amtrak-owned or -controlled passenger rail infrastructure, equipment, and facilities.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. FRA will consider how the projects support key Departmental objectives, including enhancing economic vitality; leveraging Federal funding; using innovative approaches to improve safety and expedite project delivery; and holding grant recipients accountable for achieving specific, measurable outcomes. In addition, selection preference will be given to applications with a proposed non-Federal share that is comprised of more than one source of funding and applications that indicate strong project readiness. The Federal share of a project’s total cost must not exceed 80 percent.
The FY20 Partnership Program NOFO is published in today’s Federal Register, and applications for funding are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on July 27. Prior to the application deadline, FRA will offer a webinar to address applicants’ questions. For more details about the Partnership Program, click here.