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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Information from FRA

On November 15, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law—a generational investment in America’s intermodal transportation system of which freight and intercity passenger rail are an integral part and an engine of our economy. The investments will:

  • Help make our nation’s rail network safer, more reliable, resilient, sustainable, and equitable. 
  • Improve the lives of Americans, create good paying jobs, and lay the foundation for America to compete in the 21st Century.  

What Does This Mean for FRA? 

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (Pub. L. 117-58), also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”, will provide unprecedented Federal funding for rail improvement projects in America. Over the next five years, that means greatly expanding existing Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) programs and creating new programs to enhance our nation’s rail network. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $102 billion in total rail funding, including $66 billion from advanced appropriations, and $36 billion in authorized funding.

BIL funding

Recent Milestones

FRA Collaborative Investigation Reporting Environment (iCARE) – May 24, 2024
FRA developed a new tool for stakeholders and FRA to collaborate and share information related to identified FRA accident investigations. Section 22417 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law directed FRA to create a standard process for gathering information and, when appropriate, consulting with stakeholders about an accident under investigation. The iCARE MS SharePoint portal provides stakeholders a standard methodology for submissions of documentation, information, evidence, and subject-matter expert analysis related to certain FRA accident investigations. It also provides FRA with a standard methodology for sharing information with stakeholders during an accident investigation. 

After submission, all non-confidential records uploaded will be shared with the FRA investigation team and approved stakeholders for review and analysis. When appropriate, FRA will share records with stakeholders using the iCARE portal.

View the iCARE flyer to learn more.

Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (FSP) Grant Program (Northeast Corridor) - May 14, 2024
The Federal-State Partnership (FSP) Program is making $2,034,420,932 available to fund capital projects that reduce the state of good repair backlog, improve performance, or expand or establish new intercity passenger rail service along the Northeast Corridor (NEC). 

FY23-24 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements NOFO Webinar – April 9,2024
FRA provided an overview of the FY23-24 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and the application, submission, and review and evaluation process.

The FY23-24 CRISI Grant Program makes available more than $2.4 billion for freight and intercity passenger rail projects that improve transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability. Eligible projects include those that address congestion challenges, highway-rail grade crossings, upgrade short line or regional railroad infrastructure, relocate rail lines, improve intercity passenger rail capital assets, and target railroad trespassing. At least 25 percent of available funds are reserved for projects in rural communities.

Visit FRA's Webinars page to view presentation materials from the April 9, 2024, FY23-24 CRISI NOFO Webinar.

Funding Opportunities

FRA expects to begin announcing the availability of funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grant programs over the coming months. FRA encourages you to periodically check the FRA website for updates and information on how to apply for such grant funding. Grant funding will be made available through Notices of Funding Opportunity, which will be posted in the Federal Register. General information about FRA’s grant programs is also available under the Competitive Discretionary Grant Programs section of FRA’s website. If you would like to be added to FRA’s mailing list to learn about future NOFOs and webinars, please subscribe and select “Program Delivery” announcements.

Learn More

To learn more about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and rail, watch the video from FRA Administrator Amit Bose and view the links for additional information about FRA’s programs.