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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is awarding more than $326 million in grants to help states and localities repair, maintain and build rail infrastructure supporting freight rail and intercity passenger rail.
Grant money from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program, known as CRISI, and the Special Transportation Circumstances program will go to 45 projects across 29 states. One-third of the funds, or $118 million, has been awarded to rural projects, the FRA said on June 12.
The awards will also go to 21 short line and regional railroads, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) said. The short line industry values these awards because freight railroads are often responsible for funding the bulk of their maintenance and capital improvements on their respective networks.
“The availability of programs that allow railroads to leverage their significant private investment to upgrade rails and bridges to modern standards leads to safer, more fuel- and cost-efficient rail service,” ASLRRA president Chuck Baker said.
The full list of award winners can be found here.
Image courtesy of Union Pacific
Many of the awards for freight rail-related projects involve track maintenance, upgrades and rehabilitation so that the tracks can bear heavier trains and enable higher speeds.
Eight freight rail-related projects secured award funding of more than $10 million. These include:
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