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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) yesterday issued a notice of funding opportunity for $291 million in state-of-good-repair grants for intercity passenger railroad assets.
The funds 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, FRA officials said in a press release.
Eligible applications may involve railroad infrastructure, equipment or facility assets such as track, ballast, switches and interlockings, bridges, communication and signal systems, power systems, grade crossings, stations, passenger cars, locomotives, maintenance-of-way equipment, yards, terminal areas and maintenance shops.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. FRA will consider how the projects support key departmental objectives. The federal share of a project's total cost must not exceed 80 percent. Applications are due July 27. The FRA will offer a webinar to address applicants' questions.
The funds will be awarded under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program. Grants are intended to benefit publicly or Amtrak-owned or controlled passenger-rail infrastructure.
"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 Batory.