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Commuter Authority Rail Safety Improvement Grants

General Grant Program Information

The Commuter Authority Rail Safety Improvement (CARSI) program provides funding for the construction of projects which will eliminate hazards and improve safety at public railway-highway crossings. 

Opportunity Status:
Posted Date:
Close Date:
Eligible Applicants:
Transportation Providers and Operators
Eligible Activities:
Planning; Construction; Security
Transportation Type:
Railway Roadway
Most Recent Annual Program Funding Amount:
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Match Waiver:
Rural Set-Aside:
Tribal Set-Aside:
Grant Opportunity ID:
Grant Opportunity Link:
USDOT / Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Eligibility Information

Eligible projects include separating or protecting of grades at crossings, reconstructing existing railroad grade crossing structures, relocating highways to eliminate grade crossings, or eliminating hazards posed by blocked grade crossings due to idling trains. Proposed project locations need not be the site of a previous accident.

Eligible applicants include “commuter authorities,” sole or in partnership with a public or nonprofit entity (defined as state, local, or regional entities established to contract or provide commuter rail passenger transportation under 49 U.S.C. 24102), that have experienced at least one NTSB-investigated and reported accident between 1/1/2008 and 12/31/2018 and for which the NTSB issued an accident report. Applicants are encouraged to partner with their state DOT and are encouraged to have their state DOT apply as the primary applicant for receipt of this award as a pass-through entity. 

Funding Information

The FY 2021 appropriation provided $50 million to the CARSI program, available until FY 2024. Although Round 1 of CARSI submissions required a 10 percent applicant cost-share, the requirement for matching has been removed.

Contact Information

Sarah E Tarpgaard
Contracting Officer

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Last updated: Monday, April 17, 2023