State or Federal?
This program leverages private, state, and local investments to support safety enhancements and general improvements to infrastructure for both intercity passenger and freight railroads. The U.S. rail network is central to the success of the American economy, carrying more than 1.8 billion tons of freight valued at nearly $800 billion annually, and over 31.7 million passengers on Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation services. Both services primarily operate over privately-owned and maintained infrastructure, allowing for strong private, capital market investment that generates public benefit, including public-private partnerships among other models.

Congress authorized this grant program for the Secretary to invest in a wide range of projects within the United States to improve railroad safety, efficiency, and reliability; 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.

Rail safety projects include, but are not limited to; grade crossing enhancements, rail line relocations and improvements, and deployment of railroad safety technology. Eligible work also includes: regional rail and corridor planning, environmental analyses and research, workforce development, and training.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
-A group of States
-An Interstate Compact
-A political subdivision of a State
-Amtrak or another Rail Carrier that provides Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation
-A Class II railroad or Class III railroad
-Any Rail Carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership
-The Transportation Research Board together with any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail-related research, including cooperative research programs
-A University transportation center engaged in rail-related research
-A non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of Rail Carriers or Rail Carrier contractors
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Oct 18, 2019
Due Date Notes
5:00 p.m. EDT
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Aug 19, 2019
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Match Required?
Match Notes
The Federal share of total costs for projects funded under this notice will not exceed 80 percent, though FRA will provide selection preference to applications where the proposed Federal share of total project costs is 50 percent or less.
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
There are no predetermined minimum or maximum dollar thresholds for awards. FRA anticipates making multiple awards with the available funding.

$63,750,000 reserved for Rural Projects
$7,828,500 reserved for Special Transportation Circumstances
$2,550,000 reserved for award and program oversight
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