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FRA announces $302.6 million in “state of good repair” grants

(Source: Federal Railroad Administration press release, May 27, 2020)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced the recipients of more than $302 million in grant funds under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program) to help repair and rehabilitate railroad infrastructure across the country. The grants will fund 12 projects in nine states.

“This $302.6 million federal investment will upgrade rail infrastructure and enhance safety on the tracks and at railroad crossings in rural and urban communities across America,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The Partnership Program funds capital projects to repair, replace, or rehabilitate publicly- or Amtrak-owned or -controlled railroad assets, to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. Eligible projects include upgrading infrastructure such as track, switches, bridges, passenger stations, and highway-rail grade crossings; and equipment, including passenger cars. The Fiscal Year 2019 Partnership Program selections total approximately $302.6 million of the $396 million made available for grants under the 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

FRA will make the remaining $93.4 million available with a Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY 2020 Partnership Program funds.

“This funding will go a long way in addressing passenger rail capital project needs in communities around the country,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory.”

The FY 2019 Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program grant selections are listed at the link above.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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