Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI)

Posted: August 23, 2019

Deadline: October 18, 2019

Grantor: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Additional Information
This program provides a comprehensive solution to leverage private, state and local investments to support safety enhancements and general improvements to infrastructure for both intercity passenger and freight railroads. The U.S. rail network is central to the success of the American economy, carrying more than 1.6 billion tons of freight valued at nearly $600 billion annually, and over 31.3 million passengers on intercity rail passenger transportation services. Both services primarily operate over privately-owned and maintained infrastructure, allowing for strong private, capital market investment that generates public benefit, including public-private partnerships among other models.

The Department of Transportation is committed to addressing the unmet transportation infrastructure needs of rural areas. Underinvestment in rural transportation systems has allowed a slow and steady decline in the transportation routes that connect rural American communities to each other and to the rest of the country, fraying the fabric of American interconnectivity. A majority of the nation’s rail route miles are in rural America. Investment is necessary to grow rural economies, facilitate freight movement, improve access to reliable and affordable transportation options and enhance health access and safety for residents.

Congress authorized this grant program for the Secretary to invest in a wide range of projects within the United
States to improve railroad safety, efficiency, and reliability; mitigate congestion at both intercity passenger
and freight rail chokepoints; enhance multi-modal connections; and lead to new or substantially improved Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation corridors. Rail safety projects include, but are not limited to, grade crossing enhancements, rail line relocations and improvements, and deployment of railroad safety technology. Eligible work also includes regional rail and corridor planning, environmental analyses, research, workforce development, and training.

The following entities are eligible applicants for all project types permitted under this notice:
  • a State
  • a group of States
  • an Interstate Compact
  • a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States
  • a political subdivision of a State
  • Amtrak or another rail carrier that provides Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation (as defined in 49 U.S.C. 24102)
  • a Class II railroad or Class III railroad (as those terms are defined in 49 U.S.C. 20102);
  • any rail carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least one of the entities described in paragraph (a) through (e)
  • the Transportation Research Board together with any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail related research, including cooperative research programs
  • a university transportation center engaged in rail-related research, or
  • a non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of rail carriers or rail carrier contractors.  
Program Contact
For further information regarding this notice and the grants program, please contact
Amy Houser
Office of Program Delivery
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Room W36–412
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (202) 493–0303

Frances Bourne
Office of Policy and Planning
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Room W38–207
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (202) 493–6366

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