Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program (FY 2017)

Overview:  This program will fund operating assistance grants for initiating, restoring, or enhancing intercity rail passenger transportation. Applications for the Restoration and Enhancement grant program are due by 5 p.m. EDT on May 22, 2018. See the FY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

Legislative Authority:  

This program was authorized in Section 11303 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Pub. L. No. 114-94 (2015); 49 U.S.C. § 24408. Funding under this program was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Public Law No. 115-31, Division K, Title I and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Public Law 115-141, Division L, Title I.

Amount:  $4,796,500

Eligible Projects:

Projects eligible for funding under this NOFO must be for operating assistance to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity rail passenger transportation. Examples of such expenses may include: staffing costs for train engineers, conductors, on-board service crew; diesel fuel or electricity costs associated with train propulsion power; station costs such as ticket sales, customer information and train dispatching services, station building utility and maintenance costs; lease payments on rolling stock; routine planned maintenance costs of equipment and train cleaning; host railroad costs; train yard operation costs; general and administrative costs; and management, marketing, sales and reservations costs.

Eligible Recipients:

  • (1)  A State (including the District of Columbia);
  • (2)  A group of States;
  • (3)  An Interstate Compact;
  • (4)  A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States;
  • (5)  A political subdivision of a State;
  • (6)  Amtrak or another Rail Carrier that provides Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation;
  • (7)  Any Rail Carrier in partnership with at least one of the entities described in (1) through (5); and
  • (8)  Any combination of the entities described in (1) through (7).

News:  February 15, 2018 Press Release