Alaska Railroad

The State of Alaska owns and operates the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC). For more information see our Alaska Railroad page. While the railroad does not receive operating subsidies from the federal government, both the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration administer capital grants that fund specific rail improvement projects as identified by Congress in annual appropriations or multi-year authorizations.

Alaska Railroad Funding
Fiscal YearFunding($ millions) Fiscal YearFunding($millions)

1996

10

 

2002

30

1997

10

 

2003

39.5

1998

26.9

 

2004

33.8

1999

57.6

 

2005

48.8

2000

21.9

 

2006

27.9

2001

32.1

 

2007

16

Specific projects funded include:

Elmendorf Air Force Base: ARRC is relocating its route through Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson Army Base, away from landing clear zone and ammunition storage areas, to improve track efficiency and safety while increasing train speeds from 25 miles per hour to 59 miles per hour.

Fort Wainwright Rail Realignment
: AARC, in cooperation with the U.S. Army, is planning the realignment of tracks through Fort Wainwright. Proposed new alignments will remove existing track from residential areas (closing numerous at-grade crossings), move the railroads away from the Fort's airport runway, and better position rail facilities to serve the Army's loading docks.

Northern Rail Extension: AARC is proposing to construct and operate a new 80-mile railroad between the North Pole and Delta Junction in northern Alaska. Current funding is limited to identifying and analyzing feasible alignment alternatives, completing preliminary designs for alternatives, and estimating construction costs.