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Discretionary Grant Programs

 

Accepting Applications

Restoration and Enhancement Grant Program

The Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Grant Program is making available $153,845,680 in funding assistance for initiating, restoring, or enhancing intercity passenger rail transportation operations. Applications are due no later than 11:59 pm ET on September 30, 2024. See the FY 2021-2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for more information.

Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program

The Railroad Crossing Elimination (RCE) Grant Program is making available $1,148,809,580 in funding for highway-rail or pathway-rail grade crossing improvement projects that focus on improving the safety and mobility of people and goods. Applications are due no later than 11:59 pm ET on September 23, 2024. See the FY 2023-2024 RCE NOFO for more information. 

 


Not Accepting Applications

Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program

The CRISI program provides funding for capital projects that improve passenger and freight rail transportation systems in terms of safety, efficiency, or reliability. See the FY 2023-2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for more information.  

Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) Program 

This program was created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to guide the development of new and enhanced intercity passenger rail services that will help bolster economic growth throughout the United States.

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

Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (FSP) Grant Program

This program provides funding for capital projects that reduce the state of good repair backlog, improve performance, or expand or establish new intercity passenger rail service, including privately operated intercity passenger rail service, if an eligible applicant is involved.

  • To view presentation materials from the May 23, 2024, FY 2024 Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program (NEC) Notice of Funding Opportunity Webinar, visit FRA's Webinars page, Grants & Loans drop-down.

Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants  (FY 2017 – 2021)

This USDOT-wide program provides funding for highway and freight projects of national or regional significance. USDOT seeks INFRA applications for projects that apply innovative technology, delivery, or financing methods with proven outcomes to deliver projects in a cost-effective manner. INFRA was previously known as the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) Grant Program (FY 2016).

Interstate Rail Compacts Grant Program

This program makes financial assistance available to entities implementing interstate rail compacts pursuant to section 410 of the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act of 1997. The purpose of the program is to improve, promote, and develop intercity passenger rail service, including activities related to the financing of such service, and to encourage multi-state grant applications. See the FY22-23 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for more information.

  • To view presentation materials from the May 24, 2023, IRC Webinar, visit FRA's Webinars webpage, Grants & Loans drop-down.

Magnetic Levitation Deployment Grants Program (FY 2015, FY 2019, and  FY 2020)

This program provides funding for the preconstruction planning activities and capital costs of viable, existing Maglev projects.

Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant Program 

This USDOT-wide grant opportunity provides funding for major infrastructure projects of regional or national significance. The opportunity combines the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (MEGA) program, the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program, and the Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program (RURAL) under a single Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to streamline the funding process for State, regional, and local governments.  Applicants can apply through one application and a common set of criteria.  The Department will make awards under the three grant programs consistent with each grant program’s statutory language and will focus on supporting projects that improve safety, economic competitiveness, equity, and climate and sustainability. 

Rail Research and Development Center of Excellence Grant Program

This program makes available $5,000,000 in funding to establish a center to advance research and development efforts that seek to improve the safety, performance, and sustainability of freight, intercity passenger, and commuter rail. See the FY22-23 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for more information.

  • To view presentation materials from the May 31, 2023, Rail Research and Development Center of Excellence NOFO Webinar, visit FRA's Webinars webpage, Grants & Loans drop-down.

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants (FY 2022)

This USDOT-wide program provides funding for road, rail, transit, and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Projects are evaluated on merit criteria that include safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, innovation, and partnership. For more information about this program, please see USDOT’s RAISE Discretionary Grants webpage. RAISE was previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Program and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program (FY 2009 – 2020). Since 2009, USDOT has awarded over $9.9 billion in grants under these programs to projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.