Railroad Safety State Participation Grant Program
Overview: Funding for this program supports the certification of state inspectors to conduct investigative and surveillance activities to ensure that the application and interpretation of federal railroad safety rules, regulations, orders, and standards reflect the same national uniformity. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, July 17, 2020. See the FY 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.
Legislative Authority: States are authorized to work in partnership with FRA to enforce federal railroad safety laws and regulations (49 U.S.C. 20105, 49 CFR part 212). The funding for this program was made available by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public Law 116-94, Div. G, Tit. I, (2020 Appropriations Act). The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 20.301, “Rail Safety Grants.”
Funding Available for Award Under FY 2020 NOFO: $424,500
- 22 projects totaling $384,839 were selected
Recipients: FY20 Grant Program Recipients
Eligible Applicants: States with a Railroad Safety State Participation Agreement under 49 U.S.C. 20105 and inspectors on staff are eligible applicants for funding under this NOFO. These 31 states have the aforementioned plan and responsibilities in partnership with FRA for regulating the safety practices for railroad equipment, facilities, rolling stock, and operation.
- Alabama Public Service Commission
- Arizona Corporation Commission
- California Public Utilities Commission
- District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment
- Florida Department of Transportation
- Iowa Department of Transportation
- Idaho Public Utilities Commission
- Illinois Commerce Commission
- Maryland Department of Labor
- Maine Department of Transportation
- Minnesota Department of Transportation
- Missouri DOT - MO Highways and Transportation Commission
- Mississippi Department of Transportation
- Montana Public Service Commission
- North Carolina Department of Transportation
- North Dakota Public Service Commission
- Nebraska Public Service Commission
- New Hampshire Department of Transportation
- New Jersey Department of Transportation
- New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
- Nevada Public Utilities Commission
- New York State Department of Transportation
- Ohio Public Utilities Commission
- Oregon Department of Transportation
- Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
- South Carolina Executive Office - Office of Regulatory Staff
- Tennessee Department of Transportation
- Texas Department of Transportation
- Virginia State Corporation Commission
- Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission
- West Virginia Public Service Commission
Eligible Projects: The grant funding is available for FRA-approved technical training; travel expenses to attend approved FRA technical training, conferences, and meetings; and laptop computers required to support inspector reporting and data analysis.
FY19 Railroad Safety State Participation Grant Program
Overview: No longer a pilot in FY 2019, the program was renamed the “Railroad Safety State Participation Grant Program.” This funding cycle, the program provided grants to 27 states with Federal Railroad Safety Program State Participation Agreements to help fund eligible training, travel, laptop computers, and grant management administration.
Legislative Authority: States are authorized to work in partnership with FRA to enforce federal railroad safety laws and regulations (49 U.S.C. 20105). The funding for this program was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 116-6, Div. G, Tit. I, (2019 Appropriations Act).
Funding Available for Award: $485,000
Recipients: FY19 Grant Program Recipients
FY17 & FY18 Railroad Safety State Participation Pilot Grant Program
Overview: In FY 2017, FRA initiated the State Railroad Safety Participation Pilot Grant Program and continued to fund it as a pilot program for 12 states in FY 2018 (see FY 17 and FY 18 Grant Program Recipients).
Legislative Authority: States are authorized to work in partnership with FRA to enforce federal railroad safety laws and regulations (49 U.S.C. 20105). The funding for this pilot program was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Div. K, Title I, Public Law 115-31 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Div. L, Title I, Public Law 115-141 (2017 and 2018 Appropriations Acts).
Funding Available for Award:
- FY 17: $385,264
- FY 18: $436,552
Recipients: FY17 and FY18 Grant Program Recipients
News: July 11, 2018