|American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program Guide|
|Capital Assistance for High Speed Rail Corridors and Intercity Passenger Rail Service|
|Federal Program Information|
|Federal Program Description||
In April, President Obama released a strategic plan outlining his vision for high-speed rail. The plan identifies $13 billion in federal funds -- $8 billion in the Recovery Act and $5 billion requested in the President's budget -- to jump-start a potential world-class passenger rail system and sets the direction of transportation policy for the future. Detailed guidance for up to the first $8 billion in federal grant applications will be announced later this month and the first round of grants are expected to be awarded as soon as late summer 2009.
FRA intends to employ a mix of three new competitive grant programs recently authorized in the Passenger Rail Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) and funded through ARRA:
The objectives of this program are twofold. In the long-term, the program aims to build an efficient, high speed passenger rail network connecting major population centers 100 to 600 miles apart. In the near-term, the program will begin to lay the foundation for this modernized transportation system by upgrading the reliability and service of conventional intercity passenger rail.
|Assistance Type||Project Grants|
|ARRA Citation||Title XII - Federal RailRoad Administration - Capital Assistance for High Speed Rail Corridors and Intercity Passenger Rail Service|
|Federal Agency||Department of Transportation|
|NYS Program Title||High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail|
|NYS Agency||New York State Department of Transportation|
|National Total||$8,000 million|
|Flow of Funds||
NYSDOT must apply for ARRA grants for High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail. Eligible applicants include states, groups of states, interstate compacts and public agencies. The states are the primary recipients for funding under this program. The 3 competitive discretionary rail grant programs each have slightly different applicant eligibility requirements:
While ARRA appropriated funds are not explicitly required to be included in the STIP to be eligible for funding, a project must be compatible with the plans developed pursuant to the transportation planning requirements which set up the STIP, therefore include of a project in the applicant State's STIP would be one way of fulfilling this requirement. While Congress exempted ARRA grant funds from the requirement contained in PRIIA stipulating that projects must be on an approved State Rail Plan, FRA will be looking for evidenced that projects fit into an applicant's longer-term intercity passenger rail development plans, including evidence that projects are on a prioritized list of projects that meaningfully advance a longer-term corridor development program.
Applications for competitive discretionary grants must be submitted electronically to GrantSolutions.gov which allows organizations to find and apply electronically for competitive grant opportunities and cooperative agreements from all Federal grant-making agencies, as well as, modifications to current grants or cooperative agreements. All prospective High Speed Rail applicants must also submit a pre-application for all Tracks in order to establish communication with FRA, and to afford FRA an opportunity to provide feedback to the prospective applicant as to the suitability of their proposed project.
|Awards and Outcomes|