FRA Grants to Fund Alaska and Wyoming Rail Projects

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced that $1.26 million for Special Transportation Circumstances (STC) Grants will fund rail capital projects in Alaska and Wyoming. The funding will be used for the Terminal Wireless Communications Positive Train Control Project in Alaska and the Greater Junction Railroad Rehabilitation Project in Wyoming.

The STC Grants provide directed grant funding appropriated to the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) and Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Grant Programs. Alaska will receive $277,400, and Wyoming will receive $985,500 for rail capital projects.

The Wyoming project eligible for the funding must be a freight rail capital project on a state rail plan that provides public benefits, and the Alaska project must also be a freight or passenger rail-related capital project.

FRA Administrator Ron Batory stated, “The funding will go a long way to addressing freight and passenger rail-related capital project needs in rural communities.”

A total of $978,200 was set aside for South Dakota, but it did not submit an application for funding in response to the FY 2017 STC grants Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announced in February 2018. South Dakota remains eligible to apply for this funding in a future NOFO.