The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcing the availability of over $1.4 billion in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) Grant Program funding. The CRISI Program, which is administered by FRA, advances projects that modernize America’s freight and passenger rail infrastructure, allowing people and goods to move more safely and efficiently and helping make goods more affordable for American families. This year, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) more than triples funding for the CRISI Program – a much-needed step to meet the heavy demand for rail funding from states and local communities. The program allocates at least 25 percent of total funds for projects in rural areas.
Higher funding levels enabled by the BIL will also accelerate progress in building up infrastructure resilience and strengthening the supply chain, which in turns makes it less expensive to transport goods. The influx of new grant opportunities will allow FRA to invest in a wide range of projects that will mitigate passenger and freight rail congestion; enhance multi-modal connections; and improve and establish new intercity passenger rail corridors. Furthermore, CRISI grants are a major source of funding for short line railroads, whose operations bolster local economies and are crucial for supply chain fluidity. These nationwide investments will advance the Department’s key goals of infrastructure safety, efficiency, economic vitality, equity, and resiliency. FRA will support applicants with web-based training and technical assistance.
September 2, 2022: Federal Register