U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced an investment of more than $291 million in grants for 11 intercity passenger rail projects in nine states through the federal-state partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program).
“This $291 million in federal grants will upgrade rail infrastructure and enhance railroad safety and reliability in communities across America,” said Chao.
The Partnership Program is intended to improve intercity passenger rail performance by funding capital projects to repair, replace or rehabilitate publicly owned or controlled railroad assets, thereby bringing them into a state of good repair. Funding for these awards totals $291,422,706, with $198 million made available from the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 and $93,422,706 in remaining funds made available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for this award cycle on June 10, 2020. The evaluation and selection process considered several factors in choosing projects, including the project’s abilities to improve service and safety and to meet existing or anticipated demand.
“This Administration has invested billions in railroad infrastructure to ensure the safe movement of passengers and goods throughout our nation,” FRA Administrator Ronald Batory said. “These investments have proven vital during this challenging year and kept essential supplies moving throughout our nation, and these State of Good Repair grants will continue those improvements and enhance passenger rail service to ready the nation for the forthcoming recovery,” Batory added.
The following 11 projects were selected. Project descriptions are available on FRA’s website here.
California—San Diego Next Generation Signaling and Grade Crossing Modernization
Up to $9,836,917
North County Transit District
California—Pacific Surfliner Corridor Rehabilitation and Service Reliability
Up to $31,800,000
Southern California Regional Rail Authority
Connecticut—Walk Bridge Replacement
Up to $79,700,000
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Connecticut—Connecticut River Bridge Replacement
Up to $65,200,799
Massachusetts—Worcester Union Station Accessibility and Infrastructure Improvements Up to $29,303,350
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Maryland—MARC Northeast Corridor Train Storage Preservation Project
Up to $9,400,000
Maryland Transit Administration
Michigan—Ypsilanti to Jackson Curve Modifications
Up to $15,570,327
Michigan Department of Transportation
New Jersey—Trenton Transit Center Station Improvements
Up to $18,281,313
New Jersey Transit Corporation
New York—Hudson Avenue Grade Crossing Rehabilitation and Safety Improvements
Up to $2,000,000
New York State Department of Transportation
Pennsylvania—Harrisburg Line Signal System Renewal: Paoli to Overbrook
Up to $15,910,000
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Virginia—Newington Road Bridge Replacement
Up to $14,420,000
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation