Thursday, April 01, 2010

FRA adds $115 million to high speed rail pot

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The Federal Railroad Administration has expanded its $8 billion high speed intercity passenger rail grant program by making $115 million in planning and construction project funds available. The agency has begun accepting applications for $50 million in planning project funds appropriated under the FY 2010 DOT Appropriations Act, and approximately $65 million in residual construction project funds appropriated under the FY 2009 DOT Appropriations Act.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said FRA is “working quickly to get funding in the hands of states.” FRA Administrator Joseph C. Szabo said the agency “looks forward to working with states to lay the groundwork for their high speed rail programs and also help other states get specific projects off the ground so that jobs can be created in the near-term. These funds supplement the President’s initial down payment on high speed rail and represent a commitment to developing a world-class transportation network.”

 Applications and proposals for these funds will be due back to FRA by May 19, with selection announcements made during summer 2010.Notice of Funds Availability (NOFAs) are available at FY 2009 FD/Construction, FY 2010 Planning, and FY 2010 Multi-State Planning Proposals.