Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements

To assist in financing the cost of improving passenger and freight rail transportation systems in terms of safety, efficiency, or reliability.



Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Website Address

Http://www.fra.dot.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District $ 8,081,222   2019-04-292022-12-31
Sonoma-marin Area Rail Transit $ 5,000,000   2019-09-012022-07-30
Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd. $ 3,470,500   2019-07-012021-12-31
Iowa Northern Railway Company $ 1,983,082   2019-04-152021-06-30
Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd. $ 1,767,665   2019-04-152021-06-30
Chicago Rail Link, L.l.c. $ 1,640,925   2019-04-292020-06-01
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

(1) Deployment of railroad safety technology, including positive train control and rail integrity inspection systems. (2) A capital project as defined in section 24401(2), except that a project shall not be required to be in a State rail plan developed under chapter 227. (3) A capital project identified by the Secretary as being necessary to address congestion challenges affecting rail service. (4) A capital project identified by the Secretary as being necessary to reduce congestion and facilitate ridership growth in intercity passenger rail transportation along heavily traveled rail corridors. (5) A highway-rail grade crossing improvement project, including installation, repair, or improvement of grade separations, railroad crossing signals, gates, and related technologies, highway traffic signalization, highway lighting and crossing approach signage, roadway improvements such as medians or other barriers, railroad crossing panels and surfaces, and safety engineering improvements to reduce risk in quiet zones or potential quiet zones. (6) A rail line relocation and improvement project. (7) A capital project to improve short-line or regional railroad infrastructure. (8) The preparation of regional rail and corridor service development plans and corresponding environmental analyses. (9) Any project that the Secretary considers necessary to enhance multimodal connections or facilitate service integration between rail service and other modes, including between intercity rail passenger transportation and intercity bus service or commercial air service. (10) The development and implementation of a safety program or institute designed to improve rail safety.

~80% discretionary funds (where 25% of these funds are allocated to rural areas) in FY 17 FY 17 Restrictions: $10 M of funds allocated to capital projects for initiation/restoration of service ~3% of funds allocated to Alaska, Hawaii, South Dakota, and Wyoming based on those states? rail route miles as a percentage of the nation?s total rail route miles 1% takedown.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

(1) A State. (2) A group of States. (3) An Interstate Compact. (4) A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States. (5) A political subdivision of a State. (6) Amtrak or another rail carrier that provides intercity rail passenger transportation (7) A Class II railroad or Class III railroad (8) Any rail carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least 1 of the entities in (1) through (5). (9) The Transportation Research Board and any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail-related research, including cooperative research programs. (10) A University transportation center engaged in rail-related research. (11) A non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of rail carriers or rail carrier contractors.

Beneficiary Eligibility

(1) A State. (2) A group of States. (3) An Interstate Compact. (4) A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States. (5) A political subdivision of a State. (6) Amtrak or another rail carrier that provides intercity rail passenger transportation (7) A Class II railroad or Class III railroad (8) Any rail carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least 1 of the entities in (1) through (5). (9) The Transportation Research Board and any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail-related research, including cooperative research programs. (10) A University transportation center engaged in rail-related research.

Credentials/Documentation

SF424 (Application for Federal Assistance); SF 424A - Budget Information for Non-Construction or SF 424C Budget Information for Construction; SF 424B ? Assurances for Non-Construction or SF 424D ? Assurances for Construction; FRA?s Additional Assurances and Certifications; and SF LLL: Disclosure of Lobbying Activities. Other documents may be required as pre-requisites to funding based on program type; documentation demonstrating applicant eligibility (for applicants other than States); National Environmental Policy Act documentation for construction projects and service development programs; program-specific Assurances and Certifications; planning and engineering documentation. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An initial review of the applicant, project application and eligibility. The application is then reviewed and rated against the key criteria set forth in the NOFO.

Award Procedures

Review the application package to ensure that all required documents are complete and signed by the appropriate person. Review the statement of work (SOW) and budget to ensure the appropriation language requirements are met. Review SOW for technical issues and budget for appropriate costs, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws and orders. Compare applications to determine relative satisfaction of published selection criteria. Select the applicants that are most qualified. After the application package is acceptable to both parties, a grant agreement is drafted, reviewed, and signed upon agreement by both parties.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Fixing America?s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) , Public Law 114-94.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

FRA is committed to responding to applicants in a reasonable and timely manner. Response times will vary based on size, scope, complexity and volume of applications.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Public Law 114-94. The Federal share of total project costs under this section shall not exceed 80 percent. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. The Federal share of total project costs under this section shall not exceed 80 percent. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No restriction on period of time the assistance normally is available. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded upon request for reimbursement Funding is obligated through cooperative agreements, and outlays occur as reimbursement. Funding will only be obligated and disbursed as milestones are achieved.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The grantee shall submit the following reports: Quarterly progress reports giving an account of significant progress (findings, events, trends, etc.) made during the reporting period, and a description of any technical and/or cost problems encountered or anticipated that will affect completion of the grant and; Final report giving details of the results and benefits of the Grantee's improvement efforts.

SF-270 Request for Advance or Reimbursement.

Quarterly progress reports.

Quarterly financial status reports using SF-425 Federal Financial Report.

Grant recipients will be monitored periodically by FRA to ensure that the project goals, objectives, performance requirements, timelines, milestones, budgets, and other related program criteria are being met.

Monitoring may include onsite visits or detailed, interactive desk reviews.

In addition, grantees are provided with intensive technical assistance from grants staff on a daily basis.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

During the course of its activities under a grant agreement and for three years thereafter, the applicant must agree to retain intact and to provide any data, documents, reports, records, contracts, and supporting materials relating to its performance under the agreement as FRA may require. Reporting and record-keeping requirements are set forth in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 for private non-profit and for-profit Grantees. Closeout does not alter these requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-2811-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $92,070,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not available ? new program.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and related laws.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Mary Ann McNamara 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 493-6393

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

FRA will give preference to a proposed project for which the proposed Federal share of total project costs does not exceed 50 percent; and select projects that will maximize the net benefits of the funds appropriated for use. Other considerations include: the degree to which the proposed project?s business plan considers potential private sector participation in the financing, construction, or operation of the project.; the recipient?s past performance in developing and delivering similar projects, and previous financial contributions; whether the recipient has or will have the legal, financial, and technical capacity to carry out the proposed project, satisfactory continuing control over the use of the equipment or facilities, and the capability and willingness to maintain the equipment or facilities; if applicable, the consistency of the proposed project with planning guidance and documents set forth by the Secretary or required by law or State rail plans developed under chapter 227; if applicable, any technical evaluation ratings the proposed project received under previous competitive grant programs administered by the Secretary; and other factors as the Secretary considers relevant to the successful delivery of the project.



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