Federal Railroad Administration Seeks Applications for $115 Million in Planning and Construction Grants for High-Speed Rail

WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will begin accepting applications for $115 million in planning and construction project funds for high-speed intercity passenger rail.

These solicitations will make available $50 million in planning project funds appropriated under the FY 2010 DOT Appropriations Act, and approximately $65 million in residual construction project funds appropriated under the FY 2009 DOT Appropriations Act.

“We are excited to move forward the President’s vision on high-speed rail and are working quickly to get funding in the hands of states,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said.

Applications and proposals for these funds will be due back to FRA by May 19. Selection announcements will be made during summer 2010.

“We look forward to working with states to lay the groundwork for their high-speed rail programs and also help other states get specific projects off the ground so that jobs can be created in the near-term,” FRA Administrator Joseph C. Szabo said. “These funds supplement the President’s initial down payment on high-speed rail and represent a commitment to developing a world-class transportation network.”