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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Information from FRA

On November 15, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law—a generational investment in America’s intermodal transportation system of which freight and intercity passenger rail are an integral part and an engine of our economy. The investments will:

  • Help make our nation’s rail network safer, more reliable, resilient, sustainable, and equitable. 
  • Improve the lives of Americans, create good paying jobs, and lay the foundation for America to compete in the 21st Century.  

What Does This Mean for FRA? 

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (Pub. L. 117-58), also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”, will provide unprecedented Federal funding for rail improvement projects in America. Over the next five years, that means greatly expanding existing Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) programs and creating new programs to enhance our nation’s rail network. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $102 billion in total rail funding, including $66 billion from advanced appropriations, and $36 billion in authorized funding.

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Recent Milestones

Guidance on Development and Implementation of Railroad Capital Projects – January 12, 2023
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides unprecedented Federal funding for rail improvement projects in America. To effectively manage this investment, FRA has published the final Guidance on Development and Implementation of Railroad Capital Projects to establish clear practices and set expectations for the development and implementation of railroad capital projects that may be funded, in whole or in part, by FRA. 

On June 28, 2022, FRA published a Notice of Proposed Guidance in the Federal Register to seek public comment on its proposed approaches. Public input shaped the final guidance, which will assist project sponsors in the development of effective and complete capital projects and enhance management of project schedules and budgets.

FRA also hosted a July 13, 2022, webinar in conjunction with the release of the Notice of Proposed Guidance. To view webinar presentation materials, visit FRA's Webinars webpage

Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail-Northeast Corridor Grant Program (FSP-NEC) Webinar – January 12, 2023
FRA will provide an overview of the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail  (FSP-Northeast Corridor [NEC]) FY 2022–2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and the application, submission, and review and evaluation process. 

The FSP-NEC NOFO announces the availability of nearly $9 billion in FY 2022 and FY 2023 Federal-State Partnership Program funds for capital projects that reduce the state of good repair backlog, improve performance, and/or expand or establish new intercity passenger rail service for projects located on the Northeast Corridor. 

Register now for the January 12, 2023, FSP-NEC NOFO webinar.

Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program (FSP-National) Webinar – December 15, 2022
FRA will provide an overview of the FY22 Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program (FSP-National) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and the application, submission, and review and evaluation process.
 
Expanded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Federal-State Partnership Program funds capital projects that reduce the state of good repair backlog, improve performance, or expand or establish new intercity passenger rail service. The FY22 Federal-State Partnership Program (FSP-National) provides funding for projects located outside the Northeast Corridor.

To view presentation materials from the December 15, 2022, FY22 Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program (FSP-National) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Webinar, visit FRA's Webinars webpage.

    Funding Opportunities

    FRA expects to begin announcing the availability of funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grant programs over the coming months. FRA encourages you to periodically check the FRA website for updates and information on how to apply for such grant funding. Grant funding will be made available through Notices of Funding Opportunity, which will be posted in the Federal Register. General information about FRA’s grant programs is also available under the Competitive Discretionary Grant Programs section of FRA’s website. If you would like to be added to FRA’s mailing list to learn about future NOFOs and webinars, please subscribe and select “Program Delivery” announcements.

    Learn More

    To learn more about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and rail, watch the video from FRA Administrator Amit Bose and view the links for additional information about FRA’s programs.

    Last updated: Thursday, January 12, 2023