The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will provide USD 396 million funding for rail capital projects to improve country’s railway capacity. 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 Fiscal Year 2019 Partnership Programme will fund projects that repair, replace, or rehabilitate qualified railway assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. Eligible applications will address projects that may include tracks, switches and interlockings, communication and signalling systems, power systems, station buildings, passenger cars and locomotives, maintenance equipment and terminals.
The grants are intended to benefit publicly- or Amtrak-owned or -controlled passenger rail infrastructure, equipment, and facilities in rural and urban American communities.
“I strongly encourage all eligible parties to take full advantage of this opportunity. 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,” FRA Administrator, Ronald Batory, said.