The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has selected 50 projects in 29 states to receive competitive grant funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program.  The projects selected include a wide variety of railroad investments that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of freight and intercity passenger service.

Ohio – Benchmark River and Rail Terminal: Highway/Rail Grade Crossing Safety Improvements Up to $1,083,015
Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

Funds the design and construction of a new traffic signal with railroad pre-emption and a pedestrian call button/crosswalk, as well as gates, lights, and bells at two at-grade crossings located between a private rail and river terminal facility and a U.S. highway in Cincinnati, Ohio. The project prevents trucks carrying hazardous materials from occupying the crossings while waiting for gaps in traffic to exit the terminal and turn onto a highway, and provides related pedestrian safety improvements.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act authorized the CRISI Program to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail systems. Rural projects, which have a minimum 25 percent funding requirement under the CRISI Program, received over 60 percent of the funds. Of the 50 projects that were awarded grants, 32 are located in Opportunity Zones, which were created to revitalize economically distressed communities using private investments. Since 2017, this Administration has awarded over $1.2 billion through the CRISI program to improve rail infrastructure.

A full list of CRISI awards can be found here: https://railroads.dot.gov/sites/fra.dot.gov/files/2020-09/FY20%20CRISI%20Project%20Listing%20for%20Press%20Release_FINAL.pdf