Federal Register: Notice of Funding Opportunity – CRISI

August 17, 2019: Federal Register (full link below)

Notice of Funding Opportunity for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a notice of funding opportunity for eligible projects under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm EDT on October 18, 2019.

Applications must be submitted via www.Grants.gov. Only applicants who comply with all submission requirements described in this notice and submit applications through www.Grants.gov will be eligible for award.

For further project or program-related information in this notice, please contact Ms. Frances Bourne, Office of Policy and Planning, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W38-207, Washington, DC 20590; email: frances.bourne@dot.gov; phone: 202-493-6366.

Program Description: This program leverages private, state and local investments to support safety enhancements and general improvements to infrastructure for both intercity passenger and freight railroads. The Department 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.

Congress authorized this grant program for the Secretary to invest in a wide range of projects within the United States to improve railroad safety, efficiency, and reliability; 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. Rail safety projects include, but are not limited to, grade crossing enhancements, rail line Relocations and Improvements, and deployment of railroad safety technology. Eligible work also includes: Regional rail and corridor Planning, environmental analyses, and research, workforce development, and training.