Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program (FY 2018)

Overview:  This program will fund projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of passenger and freight rail. See the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information. 

Legislative Authority:  

This program was authorized in Section 11301 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Pub. L. 114-94 (2015); 49 U.S.C. § 24407. Funding under this program was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Division L, Title I, Public Law 115-141.

Amount:  $318,430,337

Eligible Projects:

Projects eligible for funding under this grant program include, but are not limited to:

  • Deployment of non-PTC railroad safety technology and rail integrity inspection systems*
  • Capital projects
  • Highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects
  • Rail line relocation and improvement projects
  • Regional rail and corridor service development plans and environmental analyses
  • Any project necessary to enhance multimodal connections or facilitate service integration between rail service and other modes
  • The development and implementation of a safety program or institute
  • Any research to advance any particular aspect of rail-related capital, operations, or safety improvements

* Positive Train Control projects for intercity passenger and freight rail are eligible under other project eligibility categories.

Eligible Recipients:

(1)       State;
(2)       Group of States;
(3)       Interstate Compact;
(4)       Public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States;
(5)       Political subdivision of a State;
(6)       Amtrak or another rail carrier that provides intercity rail passenger transportation;
(7)       Class II railroad or Class III railroad;
(8)       Any rail carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least one of the entities described in (1) through (5);
(9)       Transportation Research Board together with any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail-related research, including cooperative research programs;
(10)   University transportation center engaged in rail-related research; or
(11)   Non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of rail carriers or rail carrier contractors.

News:  July 19, 2018 Press Release