State or Federal?
The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program provides funding to support safety enhancements and general improvements to infrastructure for both intercity passenger and freight railroads. Funding for positive train control (PTC) systems deployment included in the 2018 Appropriation is provided under a different NOFO published on May 18, 2018.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, Local Public Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are a state, a group of states, an interstate compact, a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more states, a political subdivision of a state, Amtrak or another rail carrier that provides intercity rail passenger transportation, class II railroad or class III railroad, any rail carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with any of the previous entities listed, the Transportation Research Board, a university transportation center engaged in rail-related research, or a non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of rail carriers or rail carrier contractors.

Applications must identify an eligible applicant as the lead applicant.

Eligible projects must improve the safety, efficiency, and/or reliability of passenger and/or freight rail transportation systems. Applicants must identify one or more of the following four tracks:
Track 1 - Planning
Track 2 - PE/NEPA
Track 3 - FD/Construction
Track 4 - Research, Safety Programs and Institutes
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Oct 12, 2018
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Jul 19, 2018
Annual or Multi-Year?
Match Required?
Match Notes
The federal share of total costs will be 80%. A match of at least 20% is required and strongly encouraged. FRA will provide selection preference to applications with a match of 50% or more. At least 20% of the match must be cash.
Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
There are no minimum or maximum award amounts. Of the funding available under this NOFO, $35,547,000 will be for projects that contribute to the Initiation or Restoration of Intercity Passenger Rail Service consistent with the 2018 Appropriation. Of the CRISI funding made available in the 2018 Appropriation (including under this NOFO and the CRISI PTC NOFO), at least 25% will be made available for rural projects.
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