Wednesday, May 27, 2009

FRA announces grants for short line emergency repairs

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Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo Wednesday announced the award of $15 million to nine states for emergency repairs to damaged railroad infrastructure resulting from natural disasters. The funding, from FRA’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Repair Program (RRRP), will go to state Departments of Transportation to reimburse short line and regional railroads for the cost of repairs.


“Freight railroads are critical to local economies and we are committed to helping them restore rail service after a major disruption,” said Szabo.  “This funding will help the carriers defray repair costs and keep the trains running.” 

RRRP funds can cover up to 80% of the total cost of a selected project, with the remainder to be provided from non-federal sources. Grants may be used to repair bridges, signals, and other infrastructure.

FRA listed the grant recipients, and amounts, as follows:

AlaskaDepartment of Transportation and Public Facilities

Flood repair for the Alaska Railroad: $637,440

Flood repair for the Alaska Railroad: $945,680

ArkansasState Highway and Transportation Department

Emergency repairs to Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad: $737,292

IllinoisDepartment of Transportation

Flood control on the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad: $569,700

KansasDepartment of Transportation

Repair of flood damage to the Gorilla Subdivision on the South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad: $405,702

Indiana Department of Transportation

Flood damage repair on the Indiana Southern Railroad: $1,244,217

Iowa Department of Transportation

Flood damage restoration to rebuild a bridge and repair signals on the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway: $6,965,163

Flood damage restoration for the Keokuk Junction RailwayYard: $459,200

Replacement of the Waterloo Bridge over the Cedar River forthe Iowa Northern Railway: $2,174,880

Missouri Department of Transportation

Flood damage repair on Missouri & Northern ArkansasRailroad: $353,600

North Carolina Department of Transportation

Repair of washouts and debris removal on the CarolinaCoastal Railway: $11,101

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Repair of flood damage and washouts on the  Wisconsin & Southern Railroad: $354,006


FRA is authorized to make $20 million available for grants to repair and rehabilitate railroad infrastructure damaged in areas declared by the President as a major disaster. FRA intends to issue another solicitation for the remaining $5 million in funds through a Notice of Funding Availability to be published in the Federal Register that will be available on a competitive basis.   

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