The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program that includes more than $318 million in grant funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.
“The Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements grant program seeks to collaborate with private, state, and local investments to boost much-needed rail projects across the country, and we hope interested parties will apply by the stated deadline,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
This NOFO will assist in funding projects that improve intercity passenger and freight rail transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability. Funding for positive train control (PTC) systems deployment — $250 million — was provided under a separate NOFO published in May 2018.
The CRISI grant program directs much needed critical investment to rural America. By directing at least 25% of available funds towards rural communities, the U.S. DOT is able to safely connect and upgrade rural America’s rail infrastructure.
In addition, selection preference will be given to projects with a 50% non-federal funding match from any combination of private, state, or local funds. The U.S. DOT will also consider how well the project aligns with key objectives, including supporting economic vitality; leveraging federal funding; preparing for lifecycle costs; using innovative approaches to improve safety and expedite project delivery; and holding grant recipients accountable for achieving specific, measurable outcomes.
“These CRISI grants will help make rail systems safer and more efficient for local communities throughout the country,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory.
The FRA will host webinars on August 8, to aid eligible entities seeking funding. Those interested in participating can register here. FRA encourages participants to submit questions in advance.