U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) - Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
06/19/20 5:00 p.m. ET
Grants to USA states, rail carriers, railroads, IHEs, and nonprofit organizations for projects addressing rail systems throughout the country. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to assist in funding capital projects that improve intercity passenger and freight rail transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability. Funding is also intended to mitigate congestion at both intercity passenger and freight rail chokepoints; enhance multi-modal connections; and lead to new or substantially improved intercity passenger rail transportation corridors.
Projects eligible for funding under this grant program include, but are not limited to:
DOT is committed to addressing the unmet transportation infrastructure needs of rural areas. Underinvestment in rural transportation systems has allowed a slow and steady decline in the transportation routes that connect rural American communities to each other and to the rest of the country, fraying the fabric of American interconnectivity. A majority of the nation's rail route miles are in rural America. Investment is necessary to grow rural economies, facilitate freight movement, improve access to reliable and affordable transportation options and enhance access to healthcare and safety for residents.
DOT also recognizes the importance of applying life cycle asset management principles throughout America's infrastructure. It is important for rail infrastructure owners and operators, as well as those who may apply on their behalf, to plan for the maintenance and replacement of assets and the associated costs.
An applicant must identify one or more of the following four tracks for an eligible project: Track 1—Planning; Track 2—PE/NEPA; Track 3—FD/Construction; or Track 4—Research, Safety Programs, and Institutes.
Project Eligibility can be found at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-20/pdf/2020-08226.pdf#page=4.
More details of the four tracks can be found at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-20/pdf/2020-08226.pdf#page=5.
GrantWatch ID#: 189066
There are no minimum or maximum dollar thresholds for awards. Of the amount made available in the 2020 Appropriation, at least 25 percent, or $81,250,000 will be made available for Rural Projects as required by 49 U.S.C. 22907 and $45 million will be made available for projects eligible under 49 U.S.C. 22907(c)(2) that require the acquisition of rights-of-way, track, or track structure projects to support the development of new intercity passenger rail service routes. Additionally, $9,977,500 has been set aside for Special Transportation Circumstances, which will be made available under a separate NOFO. FRA will also set aside $3,250,000 for award and program oversight.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Direct questions to:
Ms. Frances Bourne
Office of Policy and Planning
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W38-207
Washington, DC 20590
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