The U.S. DOT's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program.
The FY 2019 NOFO—which includes more than $244 million in grant funding—will fund projects that increase rail transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability, according to an agency release. Eligible applications will include projects that address congestion challenges, highway-rail grade crossings, upgrade short-line railroad infrastructure, relocate rail lines, improve intercity passenger rail capital assets, and deploy railroad safety technology. Both freight and passenger rail infrastructure projects are eligible.
The CRISI grant program also directs investment to rural America, with at least 25% of available funds reserved for projects in rural communities. This enables FRA to improve rural America’s rail infrastructure.
The FRA will also consider how projects support key objectives including enhancing economic vitality; leveraging federal funding; adopting life-cycle cost accounting; using innovative approaches to improve safety and expediting project delivery; and holding grant recipients accountable for achieving specific, measurable outcomes. Preference will be given to projects where the proposed federal share of total costs does not exceed 50%.
The past few years of grant funding have included awards for positive train control implementation.
SOURCE: Federal Railroad Administration