General Grant Program Information
The purpose of the CRISI Program is to invest in a wide range of projects within the United States to improve railroad safety, efficiency, and reliability; mitigate congestion at both intercity passenger and freight rail chokepoints to support more efficient travel and goods movement; enhance multi-modal connections; and lead to new or substantially improved Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation corridors. This program invests in railroad infrastructure projects that improve safety, support economic vitality (including through small businesses), create good-paying jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union, increase capacity and supply chain resilience, apply innovative technology, and explicitly address climate change, gender equity and racial equity.
A Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is required for this grant program. For more information about BCA's, see What is a BCA? and the USDOT's Benefit-Cost Analysis Guidance for Discretionary Grants.
- A State (including the District of Columbia)
- A group of States
- An Interstate Compact
- A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States
- A political subdivision of a State
- Amtrak or another rail carrier that provides intercity rail passenger transportation (as rail carrier and intercity rail passenger transportation are defined in section 24102)
- A Class II railroad or Class III railroad, including any holding company of a Class II railroad or Class III railroad (as those terms are defined in section 20102)
- An association representing 1 or more railroads described in paragraph (7)
- A federally recognized Indian Tribe
- Any rail carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least 1 of the entities described in paragraphs (1) through (5)
- The Transportation Research Board and any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail-related research, including cooperative research programs.
- A University transportation center engaged in rail-related research
- A non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of rail carriers or rail carrier contractors
Eligible uses include the deployment of railroad safety technology, capital projects for intercity passenger rail service (not required to be in a state rail plan) or that reduce or address congestion challenges affecting rail service, facilitate ridership growth along heavily traveled rail corridors, and/or improve short-line or regional railroad infrastructure, highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects, rail line relocation and improvement projects, regional rail and corridor service development plans and environmental analyses, and any project necessary to enhance multimodal connections or facilitate service integration between rail service and other modes.
The total funding available for awards under this NOFO is $1,427,462,902. The total funding includes $2,000,000 in FY 2021 funding for the Maglev Grant Program.
Further, of this total, certain funding amounts are set-aside for the following purposes:
- Rural Area Set-Aside—At least $376,035,000, or 25 percent of amounts appropriated, will be made available for projects in rural areas as required in 49 U.S.C. 22907(g)
- Intercity Passenger Rail Set-Aside—At least $150,000,000 will be made available for Capital Projects that support the development of new Intercity Passenger Rail Service routes including alignments for existing routes, as described in 49 U.S.C. 22907(c)(2) and as required in the 2022 Appropriation
- Trespassing Measures Set-Aside—At least $25,000,000 will be made available for the development and implementation of measures to prevent trespassing and reduce associated injuries and fatalities, as described in 49 U.S.C. 22907(c)(11)  and as required in the 2022 Appropriation
- Magnetic Levitation Deployment Projects Set-Aside—$2,000,000 in 2021 Appropriation funding will be made available for the Deployment of Magnetic Levitation Transportation Projects. In addition, up to $5,000,000 will be made available from the 2022 Appropriation for preconstruction planning activities and capital costs related to the deployment of magnetic levitation transportation projects
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