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Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program (PFRAP) and Section 130 Railway-Highway Grade Crossing Program

Grants to USA and Canada Agencies and Railroad Corporations
to Improve Freight Transportation Infrastructure

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New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)

Deadline Date:

04/22/21 12:00 AM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Canada government agencies and railroad corporations for infrastructure improvements to contribute to New York State’s economy. Capital funding is available for the maintenance and modernization of port-related and freight-rail infrastructure. Projects must be located in New York State.

Eligible PFRAP Project Types:

Any capital improvement to freight, intercity passenger or tourist rail assets with a minimum service life of 10 years or greater, including but not limited to:

  • Track construction and rehabilitation;
  • Bridge construction and rehabilitation;
  • Elimination of clearance obstructions;
  • Yard, terminal and siding construction and rehabilitation;
  • Signal and train control systems;
  • Rolling stock acquisition and rehabilitation; and
  • Capital projects that will reduce carbon footprint of railroad facilities.

Any capital improvement for public port facilities outside the jurisdiction of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with a minimum service life of 10 years or greater, including but not limited to:

  • Docks, bulkheads and wharf construction and reconstruction;
  • Dredging;
  • Material handling equipment or storage facilities;
  • Internal roadways and rail lines; and
  • Capital projects that will reduce carbon footprint of railroad facilities.

Eligible Section 130 Project Types:

  • Improvements to public, at-grade railroad crossing surfaces within the railroad right-of-way. The
    railroad crossing surface is defined as the area between the tracks and two feet in width outside
    the tracks, measured from the outside of the outermost rail.

Eligible Costs, both Programs can be found at https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/operating/opdm/passenger-rail/passenger-rail-repository/FINAL%202021%20PFRAP%20Application%20-%20Guidelines%20-%20Rev%201.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159396

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$26,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum PFRAP award through this solicitation shall be $5 million. Applications requesting a larger amount will be considered non-responsive.

The maximum Section 130 award through this solicitation shall be $150,000. Applications requesting a larger amount will be considered non-responsive.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Initial Contract Length: 60 Months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

PFRAP:
Eligible Applicants: Any railroad company, any New York state agency, the federal government, the Canadian government, any other state or instrumentality thereof, any public authority of this or any other state, or any political subdivision or municipality of the state. All common-carrier, intercity passenger or tourist railroad corporations must be in good standing with NYSDOT at the time of application.

Railroads will be considered in good standing if they have submitted the most recent annual report (2018), as required by New York State Transportation Law §116, and have paid their annual rail safety fee (2019) in accordance with New York State Transportation Law §135 by the application deadline.

Other interested entities, such as shippers will need to partner with or have an eligible applicant submit the application and sponsor the project. An agreement between the organization and project applicant is required prior to project implementation.

Applicants will be limited to two (2) PFRAP awards from this solicitation. NYSDOT will also limit the number of PFRAP projects awarded to affiliated companies to three (3). Affiliated companies are those under common ownership or control.

Section 130:
Eligible Applicants: Any entity having maintenance responsibility, within the railroad right-of-way for a public at-grade railroad crossing in New York State.

Applicants will be limited to two (2) Section 130 awards from this solicitation. NYSDOT will also limit the number of Section 130 projects awarded to affiliated companies to three (3). Affiliated companies are those under common ownership or control.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Completed applications will be accepted until April 22, 2021.
- Questions Due Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

PFRAP Grant Program: There is no minimum match requirement. The Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program is a reimbursement program. Project grantees are required to pay all bills before requesting reimbursement.

Match Requirements: There is no match requirement for the Section 130 Program.

View these opportunities on Grants Gateway:
- https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG//module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngaID=715
- https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG//module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngaID=716

Contact Information:

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

Completed applications should be emailed to Rail@dot.ny.gov.

The application will be available on the URL for Full Text, below.

If you have any questions concerning this process, please contact Raymond Hessinger at (518) 457-7331 or via email at Rail@dot.ny.gov.

If you have any questions regarding Grants Gateway, please contact Roger Gordon at (518) 457-8465 or via email at Roger.Gordon@dot.ny.gov.

Raymond F. Hessinger, P.E.
Freight & Passenger Rail Bureau
New York State Department of Transportation
50 Wolf Road, POD 54
Albany, New York 12232

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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