The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced that $24 million in grant funding is available to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity passenger rail service. The funding is available to groups of states, individual states, cities, other government subdivisions, as well as Amtrak and other intercity passenger rail companies.
“These grants help ensure communities continue to have access to the intercity passenger rail network that connects our country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program provides operating assistance to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity passenger rail transportation. This includes staffing, fuel, electricity, station expenses, lease payments on rolling stock, routine planned maintenance, host railroad access costs, train yard operation, and administrative costs.
FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory remarked, “We’re encouraging applicants to leverage federal Restoration and Enhancement grants to support large-scale, intercity passenger rail improvements.”
The Notice of Funding Opportunity is published in the Federal Register, with applications due by January 6, 2020.