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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 Answers to FAQs about Pre-Award Authority - September 22, 2023
FRA published a FAQs resource to assist project sponsors with obtaining pre-award authority for activities funded under FRA grants other than Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (FSP) Northeast Corridor (NEC) grants. Pre-award authority under this policy allows certain projects to incur costs after selection but before the grant is obligated. For additional information, see 2CFR 200.458

Special Transportation Circumstances Grant Program – August 18, 2023
FRA announced the availability of $139 million in funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for the Special Transportation Circumstances (STC) Grant Program. This program provides directed grant funding under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements, Railroad Crossing Elimination, Interstate Rail Compacts, and the Restoration and Enhancement grant programs to certain states that lack intercity passenger rail service or that are not connected to the national rail system. Current eligible recipients for the STC program are Alaska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

FY22 Corridor Identification and Development Grant Program Webinar – August 23, 2023
FRA provided an overview of post-selection next steps for the Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) Grant Program.

The Corridor ID Program was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to guide the development of new and enhanced intercity passenger rail services that will help bolster economic growth throughout the United States. FRA originally published its Notice of Solicitation of Corridor Proposals and Funding for the Corridor Identification and Development Program on December 20, 2022. An amendment to this Notice extended the due date for applications to the Corridor ID Grant Program to March 27, 2023.

The webinar offered detail on FRA’s approach to the three corridor development steps outlined in the Notice of Solicitation and share guidance, helpful hints, and best practices for completing the Statement of Work required for selected corridor projects. The Corridor ID Program Service Development Plan Statement of Work Framework is now available on the Corridor ID Program webpage.

To view presentation materials from the August 23, 2023, and other webinars related to the Corridor ID Program, visit FRA's Webinars webpage, Grants & Loans drop-down. 

    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: Friday, September 22, 2023