The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)—including $396 million in grant funding—for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program).
The Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Partnership Program aims to “fund projects that repair, replace or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. Eligible applications will address projects that may include track, ballast, switches and interlockings, bridges, communication and signal systems, power systems, grade crossings, station buildings, support systems, signage, track and platform areas, passenger cars, locomotives, maintenance-of-way equipment, yards, terminal areas, and maintenance shops.”
The Partnership Program grants are intended to benefit publicly- or Amtrak-owned or -controlled passenger rail infrastructure, equipment, and facilities in rural and urban American communities.
FRA will consider how projects support key objectives, including enhancing economic vitality; leveraging federal funding; using innovative approaches to improve safety and expedite project delivery; and holding grant recipients accountable for achieving specific, measurable outcomes. The federal share of a project’s total costs must not exceed 80%, although preference will be given to those projects where the proposed federal share is 50% percent or less, FRA said.
Applications for funding are due Dec. 9, 2019, and FRA will offer Web-based training and technical assistance for eligible applicants. More details about the Partnership Program can be found here, and the NOFO can be seen here.
“I strongly encourage all eligible parties to take full advantage of this opportunity,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory. “These grants offer a win-win situation for the nation’s rail network as well as communities around the country, both urban and rural, to improve safety.”