Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program
Overview: This program funds projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail. See the FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for more information.
Legislative Authority: This program was authorized in Section 11301 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Pub. L. 114-94 (2015); 49 U.S.C. § 22907. Funding under this program was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, Div. L, Tit I, Public Law 117-103 (2022 Appropriation) and the advanced appropriation in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Division J, Title II, Pub. L. 117-58 (2021). The FY 2022 CRISI NOFO also includes funds for eligible projects under the Magnetic Levitation Technology Deployment Program (Maglev Grants Program) authorized under and funded in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Div. L, Tit I, Pub. L. 116-260 (2021 Appropriation), consistent with the language in section 1307(a) through (c) of Pub. L. 109-59 (SAFETEA-LU), as amended by section 102 of Pub. L. 110-244 (Technical Corrections Act) (23 U.S.C. 322 note).
Recipients: FY22 CRISI Recipients
Eligible Projects: Projects eligible for funding under this grant program include, but are not limited to:
- Deployment of railroad safety technology;
- Capital projects, as defined in section 49 U.S.C. § 24401(2) for intercity passenger rail service, except that a project under this NOFO is not required to be in a state rail plan;
- Capital projects that:
- address congestion challenges affecting rail service,
- reduce congestion and facilitate ridership growth along heavily traveled rail corridors, and/or
- improve short-line or regional railroad infrastructure;
- Highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects;
- Rail line relocation and improvement projects;
- Regional rail and corridor service development plans and environmental analyses;
- Any project necessary to enhance multimodal connections or facilitate service integration between rail service and other modes;
- The development and implementation of a safety program or institute;
- The development and implementation of measures to prevent trespassing;
- Any research that the Secretary considers necessary to advance any particular aspect of rail related capital, operations, or safety improvements;
- Workforce development and training activities, coordinated to the extent practicable with the existing local training programs supported by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Education;
- Research, development, and testing to advance and facilitate innovative rail projects;
- Preparation of emergency plans for communities where hazardous materials are transported by rail;
- Rehabilitating, remanufacturing, procuring or overhauling locomotives for emissions reduction; and
- Deployment of Magnetic Levitation Transportation Projects.
(2) Group of States;
(3) Interstate Compact;
(4) Public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States;
(5) Political subdivision of a State;
(6) Amtrak or another rail carrier that provides intercity rail passenger transportation;
(7) Class II railroad or Class III railroad or a holding company of a Class II or Class III railroad, or an association representing a Class II or III railroad;
(8) A federally recognized Indian Tribe;
(9) Any rail carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least one of the entities described in (1) through (5);
(10) Transportation Research Board together with any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail-related research, including cooperative research programs;
(11) University transportation center engaged in rail-related research; or
(12) Non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of rail carriers or rail carrier contractors.
- To view presentation materials for the following CRISI Grant Program NOFO outreach events, visit FRA's Webinars webpage.
- FY 2022 CRISI NOFO Office Hours Session #2 – Project Narrative – October 27
- FY 2022 CRISI NOFO Office Hours Session #1 – Featured Topics – October 20
- FY 2022 CRISI Grant Program NOFO Webinar – September 15
- Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) and Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Programs Benefit-Cost Analysis FAQs
- FRA Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Award Authority
Previous CRISI funding rounds:
Legislative Authority: The funding rounds below were authorized in Section 11301 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Pub. L. 114-94 (2015); 49 U.S.C. § 22907 and U.S.C. § 24407.
FY 2021 CRISI
Funding under this program was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Div. L, Tit I, Public Law 116-260 (2021 Appropriation).
Funding Available for Award: $368,577,068
- $359,629,802 in FY 2021 CRISI funding
- $8,947,266 from previous CRISI funding rounds
- 46 projects in 32 states and the District of Columbia were selected for awards
Recipients: FY21 CRISI Recipients
Visit our FRA Webinars page for webinar recordings and presentation files for the following:
- FY 2021 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity Webinar
- The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process for Federal Grant Applicants Webinar
FY 2020 CRISI
Funding under this round was made available by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Division H, Title I, Public Law 116-94.
Funding Available for Award: $320,637,948, with
- $311,772,500 from FY 2020 funding and $8,865,448 in carry-over funding from FY 2019, FY 2018, and FY 2017
- 50 projects in 29 states selected for awards
Recipients: FY20 CRISI Grant Program Recipients
- FY 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
- FY20 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grants NOFO webinar
FY 2019 CRISI
Funding under this round was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Division G, Title I, Public Law 116-6.
Funding Available for Award: $244,621,500, with
- An additional $3,850,000 made available from FY 2018 CRISI carry-over funding, announced concurrently with FY 2019 CRISI selections
Recipients: FY19 CRISI Grant Program Recipients
- FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity
- FY19 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grants NOFO webinar
FY 2018 CRISI
Funding under this round was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Division L, Title I, Public Law 115-141.
Funding Available for Award: $318,430,337, with
- An additional $8,298,833 made available from FY 2017 CRISI carry-over funding, and announced concurrently with FY 2018 CRISI selections.
- FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity
- How to Apply for FY18 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grants
FY 2017 CRISI
Funding under this round was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Public Law No. 115-31, Division K, Title I.
- Projects totaling $56,933,567 were selected
- FY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity
- How to Compete for New FRA Grants (FY 2017 CRISI and R&E Grants)
- FY 17 CRISI and R&E Grant Program FAQ