The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration will provide a USD 396 million federal funding for rail capital projects across the country.
The Fiscal Year 2019 Partnership Programme will fund projects that repair, replace, or rehabilitate qualified rail assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. Eligible applications will address projects that may include infrastructure, signalling and communication systems, passenger cars, locomotive procurement, as well as the modernisation of yards and terminals.
The federal share of a project’s total costs must not exceed 80 percent, although preference will be given to those projects where the proposed federal share is 50 percent or less. The U.S. DoT 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 programme’s applications for funding are due December 9, 2019.
“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,” said FRA Administrator, Ronald Batory.