1.4 Billion in Funding to Improve US Rail Infrastructure and Safety

The US Department of Transportation (DoT) has announced the availability of over 1.4 billion USD (1.39bn EUR) in consolidated rail infrastructure and safety improvement (CRISI) grant funding.

This figure is more than triple the funding from previous years thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The CRISI programme is overseen by the US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and supports projects that focus on the modernisation of the country’s freight and passenger rail infrastructure.

More than a quarter of the total funds are to go towards projects in rural areas.

This larger funding pot will enable the FRA to invest in a variety of projects that will improve and expand infrastructure. These projects will include the creation of new intercity passenger rail corridors, lessening rail congestion and enhancing multimodal connections.

Amit Bose, Administrator of the US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) said:

“Projects funded by these CRISI grants will generate economic opportunities and improve the travel experience in communities across America, whether urban or rural, large or small.

“With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s massive boost to this programme, the funding made available will help launch our country’s new rail revolution and maintain our rail network’s unmatched standards for safety and efficiency.”

In addition, CRISI grants are an important source of funding for short line railroads that support local economies and are key to the supply chain resilience.

Grants will also be provided to support safety projects such as grade crossing enhancements and rail line relocations and improvements.

Furthermore, they can be used for workforce development and training, regional rail and corridor planning, environmental analyses, and research and deployment of railroad safety technology.

Additional project types are also now open to apply for funding.

These include those with a focus on measures to prevent trespassing and locomotive emission reduction projects.

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