U.S. funding for intercity rail infrastructure improvements

intercity passenger rail projects The U.S. Department of Transport is providing a USD 291 million funding for 11 intercity passenger rail projects in nine states through the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Programme (Partnership Programme).

The grants “will upgrade the rail infrastructure and enhance rail safety and reliability in communities across America,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.

The Partnership Programme is intended to improve intercity passenger rail performance by funding capital projects to repair, replace or rehabilitate publicly owned or controlled rail assets, thereby bringing them into a state of good repair.

The funding for these awards totals USD 291.42 million, with USD 198 million made available from the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 and USD 93.42 million in remaining funds made available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019.

The Federal Railroad Administration published a notice of funding opportunity for this award cycle in June 2020. The evaluation and selection process considered several factors in choosing projects, including the project’s abilities to improve service and safety and to meet existing or anticipated demand.

“This Administration has invested billions in rail infrastructure to ensure the safe movement of passengers and goods throughout our nation. These investments have proven vital during this challenging year and kept essential supplies moving throughout our nation, and these State of Good Repair grants will continue those improvements and enhance passenger rail service to ready the nation for the forthcoming recovery,” FRA Administrator Ronald Batory said.

The 11 selected projects are:

California – USD 9.83 million for San Diego next generation signalling and grade crossing modernisation (North County Transit District)

California – USD 31.8 million for Pacific Surfliner corridor rehabilitation and service reliability
(Southern California Regional Rail Authority)

Connecticut – USD 79.7 million for Walk Bridge replacement (Connecticut Department of Transport)

Connecticut – USD 65.2 million for Connecticut River Bridge replacement (Amtrak)

Massachusetts – USD 29.3 million for Worcester Union Station accessibility and infrastructure improvements (Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority)

Maryland – USD 9.4 million for MARC Northeast Corridor train storage preservation project
(Maryland Transit Administration)

Michigan – USD 15.57 million for Ypsilanti to Jackson curve modifications
(Michigan Department of Transport)

New Jersey – USD 18.28 million for Trenton Transit Center Station improvements
(New Jersey Transit Corporation)

New York – USD 2 million for Hudson Avenue grade crossing rehabilitation and safety improvements (New York State Department of Transport)

Pennsylvania – USD 15.9 million for Harrisburg Line signalling system renewal on Paoli-Overbrook section (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transport Authority)

Virginia – USD 14.4 million for Newington Road Bridge replacement (Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transport).

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