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Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program

Grants to USA States, Rail Carriers, Railroads, IHEs,
and Nonprofits for Projects Addressing Rail Systems

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U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) - Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

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06/19/20 5:00 p.m. ET


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Grants to USA states, rail carriers, railroads, IHEs, and nonprofit organizations for projects addressing rail systems throughout the country. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to assist in funding capital projects that improve intercity passenger and freight rail transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability. Funding is also intended to mitigate congestion at both intercity passenger and freight rail chokepoints; enhance multi-modal connections; and lead to new or substantially improved intercity passenger rail transportation corridors.

Eligible Projects:

Projects eligible for funding under this grant program include, but are not limited to:

  • Deployment of railroad safety technology;
  • Capital projects, as defined in section 49 U.S.C. § 24401(2) for intercity passenger rail service, except that a project under this NOFO is not required to be in a state rail plan; 
  • Capital projects that: 
    • Address congestion challenges affecting rail service,
    • Reduce congestion and facilitate ridership growth along heavily traveled rail corridors, and/or
    • Improve short-line or regional railroad infrastructure;
  • Highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects;
  • Rail line relocation and improvement projects;
  • Regional rail and corridor service development plans and environmental analyses;
  • Any project necessary to enhance multimodal connections or facilitate service integration between rail service and other modes;
  • The development and implementation of a safety program or institute;
  • Any research that the Secretary considers necessary to advance any particular aspect of rail related capital, operations, or safety improvements; and
  • Workforce development and training activities, coordinated to the extent practicable with the existing local training programs supported by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Education.

DOT is committed to addressing the unmet transportation infrastructure needs of rural areas. Underinvestment in rural transportation systems has allowed a slow and steady decline in the transportation routes that connect rural American communities to each other and to the rest of the country, fraying the fabric of American interconnectivity. A majority of the nation's rail route miles are in rural America. Investment is necessary to grow rural economies, facilitate freight movement, improve access to reliable and affordable transportation options and enhance access to healthcare and safety for residents.

DOT also recognizes the importance of applying life cycle asset management principles throughout America's infrastructure. It is important for rail infrastructure owners and operators, as well as those who may apply on their behalf, to plan for the maintenance and replacement of assets and the associated costs.

An applicant must identify one or more of the following four tracks for an eligible project: Track 1—Planning; Track 2—PE/NEPA; Track 3—FD/Construction; or Track 4—Research, Safety Programs, and Institutes. 

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More details of the four tracks can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 189066

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There are no minimum or maximum dollar thresholds for awards. Of the amount made available in the 2020 Appropriation, at least 25 percent, or $81,250,000 will be made available for Rural Projects as required by 49 U.S.C. 22907 and $45 million will be made available for projects eligible under 49 U.S.C. 22907(c)(2) that require the acquisition of rights-of-way, track, or track structure projects to support the development of new intercity passenger rail service routes. Additionally, $9,977,500 has been set aside for Special Transportation Circumstances, which will be made available under a separate NOFO. FRA will also set aside $3,250,000 for award and program oversight.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. A State;
2. A group of States;
3. An Interstate Compact;
4. A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States;
5. A political subdivision of a State;
6. Amtrak or another Rail Carrier that provides Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation (as defined in 49 U.S.C. § 24102);
7. A Class II railroad or Class III railroad (as defined in 49 U.S.C. § 20102) or a holding company of a Class II or Class III railroad;
8. Any Rail Carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least one of the entities described in 1-5 above;
9. The Transportation Research Board together with 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; or
11. A non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of Rail Carriers or Rail Carrier contractors.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for funding under this solicitation are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, June 19, 2020. Applications received after 5:00 p.m. ET on June 19, 2020 will not be considered for funding. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

The Federal share of total costs for projects funded under this notice will not exceed 80 percent though FRA will provide selection preference to applications where the proposed Federal share of total project costs is 50 percent or less. The estimated total cost of a project must be based on the best available information, including engineering studies, studies of economic feasibility, environmental analyses, and information on the expected use of equipment and/or facilities.

For any supporting application materials that an applicant is unable to submit via (such as oversized engineering drawings), an applicant may submit an original and two (2) copies to Ms. Frances Bourne. However, due to delays caused by enhanced screening of mail delivered via the U.S. Postal Service, applicants are advised to use other means of conveyance (such as courier service) to assure timely receipt of materials before the application deadline.

To apply for funding through, applicants must be properly registered in SAM before submitting an application, provide a valid unique entity identifier, and continue to maintain an active SAM registration all as described in detail below. Complete instructions on how to register and submit an application can be found at Registering with is a one-time process; however, it can take up to several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. FRA recommends that applicants start the registration process as early as possible to prevent delays that may preclude submitting an application package by the application deadline. Applications will not be accepted after the due date. Delayed registration is not an acceptable justification for an application extension.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Ms. Frances Bourne
Phone: 202-493-6366

Office of Policy and Planning
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W38-207
Washington, DC 20590

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