FRA: $2B Available for Fed State-NEC Grants

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
(Amtrak Photograph)

(Amtrak Photograph)

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on May 14 reported that it is making available more than $2 billion in Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program funding for projects located on the Northeast Corridor (Fed State-NEC).

Competitive funding through the Fed State-NEC Program is guided by FRA’s NEC Project Inventory, which identifies and prioritizes projects along the corridor. The NEC Project Inventory serves as a project pipeline to assist Amtrak, states, and the public in long-term capital planning for the NEC, according to FRA. NEC projects must be included in the latest version of the inventory (download below).

FRA will publish the Fed State-NEC Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in the May 15 edition of the Federal Register. Applications are due 60 days after that date.

Fed State-NEC Program requirements, as well as the evaluation and selection criteria for grant selections, are outlined in the NOFO. FRA said it will support applicants with web-based training and live technical assistance.

FRA last November reported awarding $16.4 billion for 25 passenger rail projects through the Fed State-NEC Program. Amtrak received nearly $10 billion for the 12 projects it is leading.

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