U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $302.6 Million in ‘State of Good Repair’ Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced the recipients of more than $302 million in grant funds under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program) to help repair and rehabilitate railroad infrastructure across the country. The grants will fund 12 projects in nine states. “This $302.6 million federal investment will upgrade rail infrastructure and enhance safety on the tracks and at railroad crossings in rural and urban communities across America,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The Partnership Program funds capital projects to repair, replace, or rehabilitate publicly- or Amtrak-owned or -controlled railroad assets, to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. Eligible projects include upgrading infrastructure such as track, switches, bridges, passenger stations, and highway-rail grade crossings; and equipment, including passenger cars. The Fiscal Year 2019 Partnership Program selections total approximately $302.6 million of the $396 million made available for grants under the 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act. FRA will make the remaining $93.4 million available with a Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY 2020 Partnership Program funds.

The FY 2019 Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program grant selections are as follows:

California – Coastal Bluff Track Bed Stabilization and Seismic Improvements Project Up to $11,570,250
San Diego Association of Governments (Lead Applicant)
North County Transit District (Joint Applicant)

California – Four Rural Rail Bridges/ Rehabilitation and Scour Mitigation Up to $6,750,000
Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA)

Connecticut – Walk Bridge Replacement Project (Opportunity Zone) Up to $29,900,000
Connecticut Department of Transportation (Lead Applicant)
Amtrak (Joint Applicant)

Illinois – Milwaukee North Line Interlocking Improvements Up to $12,482,600
Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (Metra)

Maryland – Northeast Corridor Track A Winans to Bridge Improvement Project (Opportunity Zone) Up to $8,000,000
Amtrak (Lead Applicant)
Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transportation Authority (Joint Applicant)

Michigan – Kalamazoo-Dearborn Track and Signal Infrastructure Reliability Improvement Projects (Opportunity Zone) Up to $6,521,957
Michigan Department of Transportation

New Jersey – Portal North Bridge Project (Opportunity Zone) Up to $55,100,000                                                                                                                                                                                                    Amtrak (Lead Applicant)
New Jersey Transit Corporation (Joint Applicant)

New Jersey – Reconstruction of Substation 41 (Opportunity Zone) Up to $36,408,410
New Jersey Transit Corporation (Lead Applicant)
Amtrak (Joint Applicant)

New York – MTA Penn Station Access – Hell Gate Line Catenary System Replacement (Opportunity Zone)
Up to $30,000,000
NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority

New York – MTA Long Island Rail Road – Penn Station Platform Improvements Up to $17,506,577
NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority

North Carolina – Piedmont Intercity Fleet & Infrastructure Investments Project Phase II Up to $80,000,000
North Carolina Department of Transportation

Pennsylvania – Harrisburg Line Capacity Improvements: Upgrade of Track 2 from Glen Interlocking to Thorn Interlocking Up to $8,337,500
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Lead Applicant)
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Joint Applicant)

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: May 27, 2020