The Federal Railroad Administration recently issued a notice of funding opportunity or NOFO to make $139 million available for its Special Transportation Circumstances or STC grant program. Applications are due to FRA by September 29.
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The STC program provides grant funding to states that lack intercity passenger rail service or are not connected to the national rail system and includes projects such as upgrading avalanche safety systems, supporting lumber transport, and installing culverts.
The agency noted that funding for STC projects is set aside from appropriations for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements, Restoration and Enhancement, Railroad Crossing Elimination, and Interstate Rail Compact programs.
Those investments play a “crucial role” in increasing safety while strengthening the supply chain by moving goods faster and at a lower cost, noted FRA Administrator Amit Bose in a statement.
“With this program, the [USDOT] is continuing its commitment to supporting infrastructure investments in rural communities,” he said. “This funding will create jobs, grow local economies, and increase rail safety and efficiency in states where geography and other circumstances create unique needs.”
The agency added that its NOFO makes funds available for railroad projects eligible through the Consolidated Appropriations Acts of 2017 through 2023, with those federal funds allowed to cover up to 80 percent of the total project cost.