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USDOT seeks applicants for grade crossing grants


The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a notice of funding opportunity for up to $50 million in grants for commuter railroads interested in improving safety at grade crossings.

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 26. Funding will be awarded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through the Commuter Authority Rail Safety Improvement (CARSI) Grants Program.

Under CARSI, the FHWA, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration, will provide competitive grants to commuter-rail authorities working to eliminate hazards at grade crossings. 

Eligible projects include those that separate or protect grades at crossings; rebuild existing crossing structures; and relocate highways to eliminate crossings and hazards posed by blocked crossings due to idling trains.

“FRA is always working toward a benchmark of zero fatalities at railway crossings, and such safety improvements to our nation’s infrastructure will go a long way toward that goal,” said FRA Administrator Ronald Batory in a press release.

By statute, an eligible commuter authority must have experienced at least one accident investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2018, and for which the NTSB issued an accident report.

For information on how to apply, click here

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