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US Department of Transportation agency Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded around $326m in funding for various railway projects in the country.
The latest funding was provided under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program, as well as the Special Transportation Circumstances Program.
Overall, federal funding will be allocated among 45 railroad infrastructure projects in 29 states. Nearly $118m of the total funding was awarded to rural projects.
US Transportation Secretary Elaine L Chao said: “These investments in intercity passenger and freight rail will benefit surrounding communities, make grade crossings safer and improve service reliability.”
Authorised under Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the CRISI Program allocates money on projects that will improve efficiency and safety of intercity passenger and freight rail systems.
FRA Administrator Ronald Batory said: “These are the partnerships that help rural and urban communities thrive economically.
“The participation of multiple partners demonstrates the importance of these funds and tells us they will be a key asset in improving safety for communities and railroads around the country.”
This article first appeared on www.railway-technology.com
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