High-Speed Rail Corridors and Intercity Passenger Rail Service - Capital Assistance Grants
CSFA Number: 494-80-0334
Agency Name
Department Of Transportation (494)
Agency Contact
John Oimoen
Short Description
Assists in financing the capital costs of facilities, infrastructure, and equipment necessary to provide or improve high-speed rail and intercity passenger rail service.
Subject Area
Economic Development
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) , Public Law 111-5
Objectives and Goals
Improve high-speed rail and intercity passenger rail service.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Assistance can be used to develop projects, programs and planning. This includes Projects which will result in the creation of new or substantially improved High-Speed Rail/Intercity Passenger Rail service, and will provide tangible and measurable benefits, such as on-time performance improvements, travel-time reductions and higher service frequencies resulting in increased ridership. Final Design, the last phase of project development, includes right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, the preparation of final design plans, construction management plans, system safety plans for construction management and operations, safety certification, any required collision hazard analysis, final construction cost estimates and detail specifications, as well as procurement of construction services and equipment. Funds may not be used to funding operating expenses, or for commuter rail passenger transportation. All funds are discretionary, and awarded by the Federal Railroad Administration.
Eligibility Requirements
State departments of transportation and other public agencies, although private transportation companies may participate through contractual arrangements with a State department of transportation.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; For-Profit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Pre-application coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing based on the project type.The FRA will provide an initial review of the applicant, project application and eligibility. The application is then reviewed and rated against the key criteria set forth in the NOFO. Funds are awarded by FRA after review and approval of the required pre-requisite documentation.
Assistance Consideration
Applications will be individually evaluated against the following criteria, listed in order of priority: 1) achieving transportation solutions in a cost effective manner; 2) achieving public benefits in a cost effective manner; 3) sustainability of transportation and other public benefits; 4) management and minimization of project delivery risk; and 5) timeliness of project commencement and completion. Selection of applications for award will also take into account the following selection criteria: 1) regional balance necessary to create a nationwide high-speed rail and intercity passenger rail network and address urban and non-urban mobility needs; 2) balance and diversity of cost effective technological approaches to improving HSR and IPR service; 3). organizing multi-State partnerships and encouraging community involvement where appropriate; and 4) previous HSIPR Program grants and previous State investments in high-speed intercity passenger rail.
Post Assistance Requirements
The following 2CFR policy requirements apply to this assistance listing:
Subpart B, General provisions

Subpart C, Pre-Federal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards

Subpart D, Post Federal; Award Requirements

Subpart E, Cost Principles

Subpart F, Audit Requirements
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Interim program guidance is provided within Notices of Funding Availability. Additional information is available as needed on the FRA website and from FRA grants management staff.
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
AL15061CITY OF WOOD RIVER09/23/201309/21/2020350,000