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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Competitive Discretionary Grant Programs

Accepting Applications

    Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program (FY 2019)

    The Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program provides $150,000 for enforcing railroad specific laws to reduce rail trespassing incidents and casualties, particularly in areas near railroad trespass hot spots. Applications for the Railroad Trespassing Enforcement grant program are due by 5 p.m. ET on December 23, 2019. For more information regarding this program, please see the FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

    Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program (FY 2018 - 2019)

    This program provides $24,419,000 in operating assistance grants for initiating, restoring, or enhancing intercity rail passenger transportation. Applications for funding under this solicitation are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT January 6, 2020. For more information regarding this program, please see the FY 2018–2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.


    Not Accepting Applications

    Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants, previously known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grants (FY 2009 - 2019)

    The BUILD program provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Since, 2009, Congress has dedicated nearly $7.1 billion for ten rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact. 

    Capital Assistance to States – Intercity Passenger Rail Service Program (FY 2008)

    The Capital Assistance to States – Intercity Passenger Rail Service Grant Program provides $30 million for the cost of capital investments and limited planning activities necessary to support improved intercity passenger rail services.

    Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program (FY 2017)

    This program provides $65,232,400 to fund capital projects that will improve passenger and freight rail transportation systems in terms of safety, efficiency, or reliability. For more information regarding this program, please see the FY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

    Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program (FY 2018)

    This program provides $318,430,337 to fund capital projects that will improve passenger and freight rail transportation systems in terms of safety, efficiency, or reliability. For more information regarding this program, please see the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

    Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program (FY 2019)

    This program provides $244,621,500 to fund capital projects that will improve intercity passenger and freight rail transportation systems in terms of safety, efficiency, or reliability. For more information regarding this program, please see the FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

    Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program (FY 2017 and 2018)

    This program provides $272,250,000 for eligible capital projects within the United States to repair, replace, or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. For more information regarding this program, please see the FY 2017 and 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

    Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program (FY 2019)

    This program provides $396,000,000 for eligible capital projects within the United States to repair, replace, or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. For more information regarding this program, please see the FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

    Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) Grant Program (FY 2016)

    This DOT-wide program provides $800 million in FY 2016, and DOT solicited applications for up to $850 million in FY 2017 for infrastructure projects that address critical freight issues facing our nation’s highways and bridges.

    High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program (HSIPR) (FY 2008 - 2010)

    This program provides $10.1 billion for long-term high- and higher-speed passenger transport needs in key corridors throughout the country.

    Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants  (FY 2017 – 2019)

    The INFRA program provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical issues facing our nation’s highways and bridges. INFRA grants will support the Administration’s commitment to fixing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure by creating opportunities for all levels of government and the private sector to fund infrastructure, using innovative approaches to improve the necessary processes for building significant projects and increasing accountability for the projects that are built.

    Law Enforcement Strategies for Reducing Trespassing Pilot Grant Program (FY 2018)

    The Law Enforcement Strategies for Reducing Trespassing Pilot Grant Program provides $150,000 for activities focused on enforcing railroad specific laws to reduce rail trespassing incidents and casualties, particularly in areas near railroad trespass “hot” spots. For more information regarding this program, please see the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

    Magnetic Levitation Projects Grant Program (FY 2015)

    This program provides $27.8 million for preconstruction planning activities and capital costs of viable, existing magnetic levitation projects. 

    Magnetic Levitation Deployment Grants Program (FY 2019)

    This program provides $24,027,500 for preconstruction planning activities and capital costs of viable, existing Maglev projects. For more information regarding this program, please see the FY 2018–2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

    Positive Train Control (PTC) Grant Program (FY 2017)

    FRA and the Federal Transit Administration solicited applications for $199 million in FY 2017 for the installation of PTC systems to accelerate implementation, increase interoperability, and improve reliability and safety through the prevention of train collisions and derailments.

    PTC Systems Grants under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program (FY 2018)

    The PTC Systems Grants provide funding for the deployment of PTC system technology for intercity passenger rail transportation, freight rail transportation, and/or commuter rail passenger transportation. For more information regarding these grants, please see the May 18, 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity and September 12, 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity

    Rail Line Relocation & Improvement Capital Grant Program (RLR) (FY 2008 - 2011)

    This program provides $90.1 million from FY 2008 through FY 2011 for local rail line relocation and improvement projects that mitigate the adverse effects of rail traffic on safety, motor vehicle traffic flow, community quality of life, or economic development.

    Railroad Rehabilitation & Repair (Disaster Assistance) (FY 2008)

    This program provides $20 million for necessary expenses to repair and rehabilitate Class II and Class III railroad infrastructure damaged by hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters in presidentially declared major disaster areas.

    Railroad Safety Grants for the Safe Transportation of Energy Products by Rail Grant Program (FY 2015)

    This program provides $10 million for public and private railroad grade crossing and track enhancement projects that improve safety on rail routes that transport flammable energy products.

    Railroad Safety Infrastructure Improvement Grant Program (FY 2016)

    This program provides $25 million for projects that make safety improvements to railroad infrastructure to increase safety at railroad crossings, train stations, rail yards, overpasses, and tracks across the country. 

    Railroad Safety Technology Grants for PTC Program (FY 2010, FY 2014, and FY 2016)

    This program provides $50 million FY 2010, $11 million in FY 2014, and $25 million in  FY 2016 for projects that implement a PTC system or will otherwise benefit overall PTC system implementation on freight, intercity passenger, and commuter railroads.

    Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program (FY 2017)

    This program provides $4,796,500 in operating assistance grants for initiating, restoring, or enhancing intercity rail passenger transportation. For more information regarding this program, please see the FY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity

    Last updated: Tuesday, December 10th, 2019