Historic funding levels have also been authorized for rail programs through the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
“For the entire authorization period, $102 billion in total funding has been authorized, with more than half that amount, about $66 billion, in advanced or guaranteed funding,” said Scott Trommer, senior director and manager of major projects funding and strategy at WSP.
Between 2022-2026, $22 billion will be appropriated for Amtrak, including its ambitious Northeast Corridor and National Network improvement and expansion programs. The remainder of FRA rail funding will be provided on a competitive basis through several programs including Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI), Railroad Crossing Elimination, Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail and Restoration and Enhancement.
Specifically, the includes $5 billion for CRISI and $3 billion for the Railroad Crossing Elimination program. The newly formed Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail is set at $36 billion, and an additional $250 million will be used for Restoration and Enhancement.
For the 2022 budget, $16.1 billion was appropriated. While this is less than the $20.1 billion originally sought by President Biden, it still represents a significant funding increase for critical rail projects. And it’s expected to grow to $17.9 billion in the proposed 2023 budget.
FRA has already published several of its Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs), while some are forthcoming. The agency is soon expected to publish its requests for projects in the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and will publish the NEC project inventory in November. The Railroad Crossing Elimination Program NOFO was released in late June, While the CRISI NOFO will be coming in August. The Federal-State Partnership NOFO is expected in October.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes funds to develop plans, and then requires projects applying for competitive grants to be included in those plans,” Feldman said. “WSP experts are helping clients determine their funding requirements and develop plans for these programs.”
(Note: These program details are updated through mid-July 2022.)
This is the third article in a six-part series offering a sector-by-sector review of what's been happening with BIL funding, and how to make the most of these opportunities. This series covers the BIL’s impact on:
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