New FRA State of Good Repair funds will cover projects that repair, replace, or rehabilitate railroad assets to reduce the SOGR backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance.

New FRA State of Good Repair funds will cover projects that repair, replace, or rehabilitate railroad assets to reduce the SOGR backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance.

The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program). The NOFO includes $396 million in grant funding.

The Fiscal Year 2019 Partnership Program will 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.

The 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% or less.

“I strongly encourage all eligible parties to take full advantage of this opportunity,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory.

The FY19 Partnership Program NOFO will be published in the Federal Register on October 8, 2019, and applications for funding are due December 9, 2019. Following publication, FRA will offer web-based training and technical assistance for eligible applicants.

For more details about the Partnership Program, visit https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P1175.

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