Dedicated Grants - Special Transportation Circumstances


The purpose of Special Transportation Circumstances (STC) Grants is to provide directed grant funding under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program and the Restoration and Enhancement Grant Program to certain states that lack intercity passenger rail service or are not connected to the national rail system.

For additional information, see STC’s FY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and its FY 2018 NOFO

Statutory References  

STC Grants were authorized in Section 11301 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Pub. L. No. 114-94 (2015); 49 U.S.C. § 24407(l). The STC authorization directs the Secretary of Transportation to allocate to certain states an appropriate portion of the amounts available to programs in Chapter 244 of Title 49 of the United States Code.

Funding under this program was made available by:

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Public Law No. 115-31, Division K, Title I
  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Public Law No. 115-141, Division L, Title I


  • $2,241,100 in FY 2017
  • $18,805,193 in FY 2018

Eligible Recipients

  • Alaska
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Eligible Projects 

  • For South Dakota and Wyoming, projects eligible for the directed funding under either NOFO (FY 2017 or FY 2018) must be freight rail capital projects in those states that are on a state rail plan developed under Chapter 227, and that provide public benefits as defined in 49 U.S.C. § 22701(2).
  • For Alaska, projects eligible for directed funding under either NOFO (FY 2017 or FY 2018) must be a freight or passenger rail-related capital project in that state.
  • The federal share of total costs for an STC project must not exceed 80 percent of the total cost of a project. The required 20 percent non-federal share may be composed of public sector (state or local) and/or private sector funding.