The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), an agency in the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), recently announced that the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program) has awarded over $302 million in grant funds to assist in the repair and rehabilitation of railroad infrastructure across the nation (). The grants have been allocated to 12 projects spread across nine states.
“This $302.6 million federal investment will upgrade rail infrastructure and enhance safety on the tracks and at railroad crossings in rural and urban communities across America,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
The Partnership Program strives to increase the percentage of railroads in a state of good repair and improve the performance of intercity passenger rail by providing capital funds to repair, replace, or rehabilitate public and Amtrak railroad assets. Projects eligible to receive funds under the program include upgrading equipment, including passenger cars, and improving infrastructure, such as track, switches, bridges, passenger stations, and highway-rail grade crossings.
The 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act authorized a total of $396 million in grants from the Partnership Program. The remaining $93.4 million will be available through a Notice of Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2020 Partnership Program funds.
“This funding will go a long way in addressing passenger rail capital project needs in communities around the country,” FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory said.
The Fiscal Year 2019 Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program grants were awarded to the following projects:
- California – Coastal Bluff Track Bed Stabilization and Seismic Improvements Project Up to $11,570,250
- California – Four Rural Rail Bridges/Rehabilitation and Scour Mitigation Up to $6,750,000
- Connecticut – Walk Bridge Replacement Project (Opportunity Zone) Up to $29,900,000
- Illinois – Milwaukee North Line Interlocking Improvements Up to $12,482,600
- Maryland – Northeast Corridor Track A Winans to Bridge Improvement Project (Opportunity Zone) Up to $8,000,000
- Michigan – Kalamazoo-Dearborn Track and Signal Infrastructure Reliability Improvement Projects (Opportunity Zone) Up to $6,521,957
- New Jersey – Portal North Bridge Project (Opportunity Zone) Up to $55,100,000
- New Jersey – Reconstruction of Substation 41 (Opportunity Zone) Up to $36,408,410
- New York – MTA Penn Station Access – Hell Gate Line Catenary System Replacement (Opportunity Zone) Up to $30,000,000
- New York – MTA Long Island Rail Road – Penn Station Platform Improvements Up to $17,506,577
- North Carolina – Piedmont Intercity Fleet & Infrastructure Investments Project Phase II Up to $80,000,000
- Pennsylvania – Harrisburg Line Capacity Improvements: Upgrade of Track 2 from Glen Interlocking to Thorn Interlocking Up to $8,337,500
The Partnership Program is a good-faith attempt by the FRA to achieve its mission “to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.” Unfortunately, government support will continue to be necessary as long as the railroad industry prioritizes profits over the safety of the American people.
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