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Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program (PFRAP)

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

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New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)

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04/27/18 12:00 AM ET


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


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has made historic investments in transportation infrastructure the cornerstone of New York’s economic development blueprint. The enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017-18 budget continues this significant focus on the synergies among investment in transportation infrastructure, job creation and economic growth.

New York has long been recognized as the national leader in investing in our State’s transportation infrastructure. The SFY 2017-18 budget continues this unparalleled State support by providing capital funding to maintain and modernize freight rail and port infrastructure across the state.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is committed to working with you to expedite the application and contract processes to ensure that the benefits of these State investments accrue to the manufacturers and suppliers that rely on the state’s railroads and ports to get their raw materials and finished products to market.

Eligible 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 constructions 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.

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;
-Material handling equipment or storage facilities;
-Internal roadways and rail lines.

All projects must comply with the New York State Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act. Notwithstanding specific eligibility criteria identified above, in accordance with Article 6 of Environmental Conservation Law, NYSDOT cannot approve, undertake, support or finance a public infrastructure project, including grants, awards, loans, or other assistance programs, unless, to the extent practicable, it is consistent with the relevant Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Criteria.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159396

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Initial Contract Length: 60 Months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 (2015), as required by New York State Transportation Law §116, and have paid their annual rail safety fee (2015) in accordance with New York State Transportation Law §135 by the application deadline.

Applicants will be limited to one (1) award from this solicitation. NYSDOT will also limit the number of projects awarded to affiliated companies to two (2). Affiliated companies are those under common ownership or control.

Pre-Application Information:

Match Requirements: There is no minimum match requirement, the Passenger & Freight Rail Assistance Program may fund up to 100% of project costs. Preference will be given to those applications that are able to provide a greater local share of total project costs.

All organizations applying for, or receiving state grant funds must be registered in Grants Gateway. In addition to being registered, all not-for-profit organizations applying for, or receiving state grant funds must also be prequalified in Grants Gateway.

Proposals received from not-for-profit applicants that have not Registered and are not Prequalified in the Grants Gateway on the proposal due date of Friday, April 27, 2018 cannot be evaluated. Such proposals will be disqualified from further consideration.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible in order to participate in this opportunity.

Completed applications should be e-mailed by Friday, April 27, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

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Contact Information:

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

Questions on the application process can be addressed to:

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

(518) 457-7331

Questions regarding Grants Gateway can be addressed to:

Roger Gordon
(518) 457-8465

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