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Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Grants Program

Grants to USA Agencies and Rail
Carriers for Transportation Projects

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U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) - Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

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02/05/20 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to USA state and local agencies and rail carriers for projects related to transportation services. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to provide operating assistance to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity passenger rail transportation.

Projects eligible for funding under this grant program include:

  • Additional frequency of current service
  • Offering new on-board services
  • Establishing new service
  • Extension of current service
  • Restoration of previously operated service

Expenses eligible for funding under this NOFO must be for operating assistance to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity rail passenger transportation. Examples of such expenses may include: staffing costs for train engineers, conductors, on-board service crew; diesel fuel or electricity costs associated with train propulsion power; station costs such as ticket sales, customer information and train dispatching services, station building utility and maintenance costs; lease payments on rolling stock; routine planned maintenance costs of equipment and train cleaning; host railroad costs; train yard operation costs; general and administrative costs; and management, marketing, sales, and reservations costs.

FRA will give priority to proposed projects in applications that:

  1. Show completed or nearly completed planning, design, environmental reviews, negotiation of agreements, acquisition of equipment, construction, and other actions necessary for Initiation, Restoration, or Enhancement of Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation;
  2. Restore service over routes formerly operated by Amtrak, including routes in the Gulf Coast region between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Orlando, Florida as described in Section 11304 of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015;
  3. Provide daily or daytime service over routes where such service did not previously exist;
  4. Include funding or other significant participation by State, local, and regional governmental and private entities;
  5. Include a funding plan that demonstrates the Intercity Rail Passenger Service will be financially sustainable beyond the three-year grant period;
  6. Provide service to regions and communities that are underserved or not served by other intercity public transportation;
  7. Foster economic development, particularly in rural communities and for disadvantaged populations;
  8. Provide other non-transportation benefits, such as livability benefits; and
  9. Enhance connectivity and geographic coverage of the existing national network of Intercity Rail Passenger Service.

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GrantWatch ID#: 145707

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The R&E grants may not provide funding for more than three years for any individual Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation route and may not be renewed.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Recipients:
(1) A State (including the District of Columbia);
(2) A group of States;
(3) An Interstate Compact;
(4) A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States;
(5) A political subdivision of a State;
(6) Amtrak or another Rail Carrier that provides Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation;
(7) Any Rail Carrier in partnership with at least one of the entities described in (1) through (5); and
(8) Any combination of the entities described in (1) through (7).

Pre-Application Information:

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is extending the application deadline for the previously published Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program from January 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST to February 5, 2020 at 5:00 EST.

The funding provided under this NOFO will be made available to grantees on a reimbursable basis. Applicants must certify that their expenditures are allowable, allocable, reasonable, and necessary to the approved project before seeking reimbursement from FRA. Additionally, the grantee is expected to expend matching funds at the required percentage concurrent with Federal funds throughout the life of the project. FRA may award grants in installments, and may terminate any grant or cooperative agreement upon the cessation of service or the violation of any other term of the grant.

To apply for funding through, applicants must be properly registered in SAM before submitting its application, provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application, and continue to maintain an active SAM registration all as described in detail below. Registering with is a one-time process; however, it can take up to several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. FRA recommends that applicants start the registration process as early as possible to prevent delays that may preclude submitting an application package by the application deadline.

FRA may not make a grant award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and SAM requirements, and if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. (Please note that if a Dun & Bradstreet DUNS number must be obtained or renewed, this may take a significant amount of time to complete.)

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information regarding the R&E Grant Program, please contact:
Ruthie Americus
Office of Policy and Planning
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W36-403
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202-493-0431.

Grant application submission and processing questions should be addressed to:
Amy Houser
Office of Program Delivery
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W36-412
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202-493-0303

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