Notice of Funding Opportunity for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI)

Notice of Funding Opportunity for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI)

Through the DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, Federal Railroad Administration, this notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program, and related Trespass Prevention projects. The opportunities described in this notice are made available under Assistance Listings Number 20.325, “Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements.”

DATES: Applications for funding under this solicitation are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET.

Program Overview: Our nation’s rail network is a critical component of the U.S. transportation system and economy. Prior to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, rail carried over 32.5 million passengers on Amtrak services and approximately 1.6 billion tons of freight valued at over $600 billion each year. The CRISI program will enhance rail safety, help to undo inequities caused by transportation and land use policies and create new opportunities for underserved communities, provide energy efficient transportation options to confront the effects of climate change, invest in projects that spur economic growth, and ensure our would-class freight network can meet the mobility demands of a growing population.

Congress authorized the CRISI 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 activities also include regional rail and corridor Planning, environmental analyses, research, workforce development, and training.

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