FRA to release $362M for rail improvement projects
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Railroad Administration will make nearly $362 million available through its Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program.
CRISI funds projects that reduce congestion, improve short-line and regional railroad infrastructure, relocate rail lines, enhance multi-modal connections, and facilitate service integration between rail and other modes such as at ports or intermodal facilities.
These grants will help build resilience across America’s supply chains, in support of the Biden Administration’s ongoing Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force.
CRISI is authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act to assist in funding projects that improve intercity passenger and freight rail transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability. Certain funding amounts are set aside for:
- Rural set-aside – Not less than $93.7 million, or 25 percent, will be made available for rural projects.
- Intercity passenger rail development – Not less than $75 million will be made available for eligible projects that support the development of new intercity passenger rail service routes, including alignments for existing routes.
- Capital improvements for trespass prevention – Not less than $25 million will be made available for capital projects and engineering solutions targeting rail trespassing.
Grants will be awarded to projects that: foster safety and equitable economic strength; improve core assets and ensure racial equity and economic inclusion; address climate change and resilience; and modernize the nation’s transportation infrastructure.