US: New Funding to Advance Interstate Passenger Rail Networks

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced the availability of 5.8 million USD in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for its new Interstate Rail Compacts (IRC) Program.

This programme will provide funding and technical assistance to facilitate the implementation of IRC agreements, which are passed into law by two or more states to support interstate regional passenger rail services.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District operates between Indiana and Chicago, Illinois
The Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District operates between Indiana and Chicago, Illinois

Funding from the new programme will thus help eligible entities improve, promote and develop passenger rail service across and between their states.

FRA Administrator Amit Bose said:

“President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is investing billions to increase rail safety and expand passenger rail service across the country, and this programme provides yet another opportunity to deliver the 21st century rail network Americans need and deserve.

“The Interstate Rail Compacts Program will facilitate multi-state partnerships to bring world-class passenger rail to more communities while supporting the long-term growth of America’s rail network.”

IRC Program grants will be available to fund the costs of administering and planning interstate rail networks.

This includes studies on the impacts such networks would have on freight rail operations and ridership.

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