FRA offering $272 million for 'state of good repair' projects

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration on Thursday announced the availability of more than $272 million for repair and replacement of rail infrastructure under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program.

The program assists in funding capital projects to repair, replace, or rehabilitate publicly owned railroad assets, and to improve intercity passenger rail performance. Federal funds may not exceed 80 percent of the total cost of a project, with the remainder coming from public- or private-sector funding, or a mix of the two.

“It is important for rail infrastructure owners and operators to plan for the maintenance and replacement of their assets,” FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory said in a news release. “The Department particularly recognizes the opportunity to reduce risk and enhance safety through this grant program.”

Applications for funding are due by March 18, 2019. For more information, see the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

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