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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 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.

BIL funding infographic

Recent Updates

Calendar of Upcoming FRA Publications – April 2022
Stakeholders can now view a calendar of upcoming FRA publications through the end of 2022. This calendar will increase transparency into FRA’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law implementation process and help stakeholders prepare applications in response to upcoming Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). All NOFOs will be published in the Federal Register as well as on FRA’s Competitive Discretionary Grants page once the application process opens. Information about other stakeholder engagement opportunities listed on the calendar will also be posted on this Bipartisan Infrastructure Law page as they become available.

Railroad Crossing Elimination Listening Session – April 2022
The Railroad Crossing Elimination Program is a new program authorized under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to fund highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects that focus on improving the safety and mobility of people and goods. FRA recently held listening sessions to gather input from stakeholders on the implementation of the program. 

Corridor Identification and Development Program – February 2022
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also authorizes new programs including the Corridor Identification and Development Program, which creates a framework to facilitate the development of new, enhanced, and restored intercity passenger rail corridors throughout the country. 

FRA recently published a Request for Information in the Federal Register and held listening sessions to gather input from stakeholders on the implementation of the Corridor ID Program. Written comments were requested by March 9, 2022.

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, April 7, 2022