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Magnetic Levitation Deployment Grants Program

Overview: The Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Deployment Grants Program funds preconstruction planning activities and capital costs of viable, existing Maglev projects. See the FY20 Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

Legislative Authority: 

Funding is provided by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Div. H, Tit. I, Public Law 116-94 (2020 Appropriation) and must be consistent with 23 USC 322 note.

Funding Available for Award Under FY 2020 NOFO:  $2,000,000

Eligible Projects:

Eligible Maglev projects must:

(1) involve a segment or segments of a high-speed ground transportation corridor;

(2) result in an operating transportation facility that provides a revenue producing service; and

(3) be approved by the Secretary based on an application submitted to the Secretary of Transportation by a state or authority designated by one or more states.

Eligible Project Costs:

(1) capital costs of the fixed guideway infrastructure of a Maglev project including land, piers, guideways, propulsion equipment and other components attached to guideways, power distribution facilities (including substations), control and communications facilities, access roads, and storage, repair, and maintenance facilities, but not including costs incurred for new stations and rolling stock, as well as costs incurred solely for land or right‑of-way acquisition (even if such acquisition is to secure operational right-of-way); and

(2) preconstruction planning activities.

Eligible Applicants:

  • a state (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico)
  • a group of states; and
  • an authority designated by one or more states.

 

Previous Maglev funding rounds:

FY 2019 Maglev

Funding under this round includes $10,000,000 (2019 funds) as appropriated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Div. G, Tit. I, Public Law 116-6 (2019) (2019 Appropriation) and an additional $14,027,500 (2008 funds) as authorized by sections 1101(a)(18) and 1307 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users SAFETEA–LU, Public Law 109-59 (2005) (SAFETEA-LU), as amended by the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008, Public Law 110-244, Sec. 102 (2008) (23 U.S.C. 322 note) (Technical Corrections Act).

Funding Available for Award: $24,027,500

  • $24,027,500 awarded to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) for the Baltimore-Washington SCMAGLEV Project

Resources: FY 2019 Notice of Funding Availability

Eligible Projects:

Eligible Maglev projects must:

(1) involve a segment or segments of a high-speed ground transportation corridor;

(2) result in an operating transportation facility that provides a revenue producing service;

(3) be approved by the Secretary based on an application submitted to the Secretary of Transportation by a state or authority designated by one or more states; and

(4) be an existing Maglev project in Pittsburgh, Baltimore-Washington, or Atlanta-Chattanooga for 2008 funds.

Note: Only the Pittsburgh, Baltimore-Washington, and Atlanta-Chattanooga projects are eligible for the full $24,027,500 available under this notice from the remaining 2008 funds ($14,027,500) and the 2019 funds ($10,000,000).  Applicants with otherwise eligible Maglev projects may apply only for the $10,000,000 in 2019 funds available under this notice.

Eligible Project Costs:

(1) the capital cost of the fixed guideway infrastructure of a Maglev project including land, piers, guideways, propulsion equipment and other components attached to guideways, power distribution facilities (including substations), control and communications facilities, access roads, and storage, repair, and maintenance facilities and

(2) preconstruction planning activities. Eligible project costs exclude new stations and rolling stock, as well as costs incurred solely for land acquisition pursuant to securing operation right-of-way.

Eligible Applicants:

  • state(s)
  • authority designated by one or more states

 

FY 2015 Maglev

Funding under this round includes Sections 1101(a)(18) and 1307 of SAFETEA–LU, Public Law 109–59 (2005), as amended by section 102 of the SAFETEA–LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008, Public Law 110–244 (2008).

Funding Available for Award:  $27,800,000

  • $27,800,000 awarded to MDOT for the Baltimore-Washington SCMAGLEV Project

Resources: Federal Notices

Eligible Projects:

Eligible Maglev projects must:

(1) involve a segment or segments of a high-speed ground transportation corridor;

(2) result in an operating transportation facility that provides a revenue producing service; and

(3) be approved by the Secretary based on an application submitted to the Secretary by a state or authority designated by one or more states.

With respect to the second criterion, funding was made available for the deployment of magnetic levitation projects.

Eligible Applicants:

  • state(s)
  • an authority designated by one or more states
Last updated: Friday, August 7, 2020