USDOT Announces $197 Million in Grants for PTC Implementation

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have announced the commuter and intercity passenger railroad grant recipients to receive $197 million in funding for Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation. The deadline for PTC implementation is December 31, 2018. 

The funding, authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, will be provided to 17 projects in 13 states. The FRA was responsible for the selection of the grant recipients, and the FTA will award and administer the grants during Fiscal Year 2017. 

“The number of passengers depending on rail has increased dramatically, which means PTC is needed now more than ever,” stated Patrick Warren, FRA executive director. “This funding will get us closer to PTC implementation on some of the most significant railroads in the country that transport several million passengers to and from work every day.” 

The grants have been awarded to the following commuter railroads and state and regional transportation entities:

  • Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) – Calif. - $21.68 million;
  • Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) – Calif. - $3.2 million;
  • Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) – Fla. - $1.84 million;
  • South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) – Fla. - $31.63 million;
  • Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) – Ill. - $18.87 million;
  • Regional Transportation Authority (Metra) – Ill. - $20.2 million; 
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) – Mass. - $7.82 million;
  • Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) – Md. - $9.44 million; 
  • Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) – Mo. - $12.02 million
  • New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) – N.J. - $10 million;
  • Rio Metro Regional Transit District (Rio Metro) – N.M. - $3.6 million;
  • New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) – N.Y. - $33.75 million;
  • Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) – Ore. - $1.2 million;
  • Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) – Ore. - $2.7 million;
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) – Pa. - $5.8 million;
  • Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) – Texas - $9.76 million; and

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) – Utah - $3.52 million.