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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), making available nearly $362 million through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program.
CRISI dollars fund projects that reduce congestion, improve short-line and regional railroad infrastructure, relocate rail lines, enhance multimodal connections and facilitate service integration between rail and other modes such as at ports or intermodal facilities.
The grants will help build resilience across U.S. supply chains in support of the Biden-Harris administration’s ongoing Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, FRA officials said in a press release.
FRA officials will hold a webinar about the CRISI NOFO on Sept. 21.
Grants will be awarded to projects that reflect the administration’s priorities of fostering safety and equitable economic strength; improving core assets and ensuring racial equity and economic inclusion; addressing climate change and resilience; and modernizing our nation’s transportation infrastructure, they said.
Certain funding amounts are set aside for the following purposes:• Rural set-aside. Not less than $93.7 million, or 25%, will be made available for rural projects.• Intercity passenger-rail development. Not less than $75 million will be made available for eligible projects that support the development of new intercity passenger rail service routes, including alignments for existing routes.• Capital improvements for trespass prevention. Not less than $25 million will be made available for capital projects and engineering solutions targeting rail trespassing.
"CRISI is an opportunity to invest in safety and economic progress across the rail networks that support and connect America," said FRA Deputy Administrator Amit Bose. "As the nation continues to recover from the pandemic, these projects will create jobs and improve communities. We expect applicants to address necessity, accountability, racial equity, and climate change."