FRA Announces NOFO for Rail Capital Projects

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for projects that repair, replace, or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets.

The $396 million in grant funding is made available through the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program).  

“I strongly encourage all eligible parties to take full advantage of this opportunity,” said Ronald L. Batory, FRA administrator. “These grants offer a win-win situation for the nation’s rail network as well as communities around the country, both urban and rural, to improve safety.” 

The Fiscal Year 2019 Partnership Program funds projects that reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. Eligible projects may include track, ballast, switches and interlockings, bridges, communication and signal systems, power systems, grade crossings, station buildings, support systems, signage, track and platform areas, passenger cars, locomotives, maintenance-of-way equipment, yards, terminal areas, and maintenance shops. 

The FY19 Partnership Program NOFO will be published in the Federal Register on October 8, 2019, and applications for funding are due December 9, 2019. More details about the Partnership Program are available on the FRA web site.