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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 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 infographic

Recent Milestones

Corridor Identification and Development Program Information Session – September 27, 2022
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also authorizes the new Corridor Identification and Development Program, which creates a framework to facilitate the development of new, enhanced, and restored intercity passenger rail corridors throughout the country. 

FRA will hold an informational session to provide additional information about the development of the Corridor Identification and Development Program. FRA encourages eligible entities to attend and learn more about the Corridor Identification and Development Program as FRA works towards the formal solicitation of proposals for the program. Additionally, eligible entities are encouraged to submit expressions of interest in the program consistent with the directions within the Establishment of the Corridor Identification and Development Program notice in the Federal Register.

Register for the September 27, 2022, Information Session.

Interstate Rail Compact Grant Program Listening Session – September 8, 2022
Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the new Interstate Rail Compact (IRC) Grant Program allows FRA to provide financial assistance to new and existing interstate rail compacts, which are established in law by member States passing identical or near-identical legislation, to develop and advance intercity passenger rail service.  The Interstate Rail Compact Grant Program can fund the technical and administrative functions of interstate rail compacts in addition to supporting coordination and promotion activities for rail services within a region. 

In support of the Notice of Funding Opportunity, to be published later this year, FRA published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register and held a listening session on September 8, 2022, to gather input from stakeholders on the implementation of the IRC Grant Program.  Stakeholders may submit comments to the Request for Information to the Federal Register until 5 p.m. ET, September 19, 2022.

Visit FRA's Webinars webpage (under Grants & Loans) to see training and guidance materials related to the IRC Grant Program:

  • IRC RFI Listening Session – September 8, 2022  
  • Interstate Rail Compact Grant Program Webinar - June 16, 2022

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.

Last updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2022