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Frequently Asked Questions about Rail Improvement Grant Conditions under 49 U.S.C. § 22905(c)(1)

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These answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) are intended to assist applicants for Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grant programs that are subject to the requirements of section 22905(c)(1) of title 49, United States Code (U.S.C.) (as well as railroads who own rights-of-way that will be used in projects funded by these programs).  Under section 22905(c)(1), a grant applicant must have a written agreement with a railroad that owns rights-of-way to be used by the project (referred to here as the 22905 Agreement) prior to grant obligation.   

The FAQs provide example agreement language consistent with section 22905 for use in the required 22905 Agreements.  Using this example agreement language will increase efficiency and consistency in the drafting, negotiation, and review of 22905 Agreements, while also ensuring statutory compliance. 

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Last updated: Thursday, March 30, 2023