Grant Details

Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
CFDA: 20.325, 20.318
Federal FON: FR-CRS-24-001
Office: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Office of Rail Program Development
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 05/28/2024 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 03/29/2024
Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Range: $2,478,391,050 (Max)

The purpose of this program is to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail; mitigate congestion at both intercity passenger and freight rail chokepoints to support more efficient travel and goods movement; enhance multimodal connections; and lead to new or substantially improved intercity passenger rail transportation corridors. Funds will support a wide range of railroad infrastructure projects that improve safety; support economic vitality, including through small businesses; create good-paying jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union; increase capacity and supply chain resilience; apply innovative technology; and explicitly address climate change, gender equity, and racial equity. Specifically, the funding agency will prioritize projects that:

  • Foster a safe transportation system for the movement of goods and people to reduce transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries across the transportation system
  • Reduce the harmful effects of climate change and anticipate necessary improvements to prepare for extreme weather events
  • Create positive outcomes that will reduce, mitigate, or reverse how a community is experiencing disadvantage through increasing affordable transportation options, improving health or safety, reducing pollution, connecting Americans to good-paying jobs, fighting climate change, and/or improving access to nature, resources, transportation or mobility, and quality of life
  • Create good-paying, safe jobs with free and fair choice to join a union including through the use of a project labor agreement, promote investments in high-quality workforce development programs, adopt local and economic hiring preferences for the project workforce, and promote local inclusive economic and entrepreneurship programs

Eligible projects include:

  • Deployment of railroad safety technology, including positive train control (PTC) and rail integrity inspection systems
  • Capital projects relating to intercity passenger rail service
  • Capital projects necessary to address congestion or safety challenges affecting rail service
  • Capital projects necessary to reduce congestion and facilitate ridership growth in intercity passenger rail transportation along heavily traveled rail corridors
  • Highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects
  • Rail line relocation and improvement projects
  • Capital projects to improve short-line or regional railroad infrastructure
  • Preparation of regional rail and corridor service development plans and corresponding environmental analyses
  • Projects necessary to enhance multimodal connections or facilitate service integration between rail service and other modes
  • Development and implementation of a safety program or institute designed to improve rail safety

Additional examples of eligible projects can be found on pages 6-7 of the NOFA file.

Of the total funding available, certain funding amounts have been set aside for rural projects; projects developing new intercity passenger rail service routes, including alignments for existing routes; trespassing measures; magnetic levitation deployment projects; and workforce development and training activities.

Applicants are expected to apply under one of the following tracks :

  • Track 1: systems planning and project planning
  • Track 2: project development
  • Track 3: final design (FD)/construction
  • Track 4: research, workforce development, safety programs, and institutes
  • Track 5: deployment of magnetic levitation transportation projects

In addition to the priorities listed above, preference will be given to projects that:

  • Develop and implement trespassing measures and are located in the top 25 counties with the most pedestrian casualties, as listed on page 18 of the NOFA file
  • Incorporate a comprehensive approach to project development, include multiple project partners, and include infrastructure improvements in combination with a safety program focused on enforcement and outreach
  • Maximize net benefits of awarded funds, including anticipated private and public benefits relative to project cost

For FY 2024, this program also includes funding from the Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Deployment Grants Program.

An optional webinar is scheduled for this program. Refer to the Application section for details.

Last Updated: April 08, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are:

  • States
  • Groups of states
  • Interstate compacts
  • Public agencies or publicly chartered authorities established by one or more states
  • Political subdivisions of a state
  • Amtrak or other rail carriers that provide intercity rail passenger transportation
  • Class II railroads, Class III railroads, holding companies of Class II or Class III railroads, or associations representing one or more such railroads
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes
  • Any rail carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least one state, group of states, interstate compact, public agency/publicly chartered authority, or political subdivision of a state
  • The Transportation Research Board together with any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail-related research, including cooperative research programs
  • University transportation centers engaged in rail-related research
  • Nonprofit labor organizations representing a class or craft of employees of rail carriers or rail carrier contractors

To be eligible for Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Deployment Grants Program funds, applicants must be a state, states, or an authority designated by one or more states.

Entities that are not eligible applicants may be included in an application as project partners.

Applicants are not limited in the number of projects for which they seek funding; however, the funding agency expects that applications identify only one application track for an eligible activity and strongly encourages applicants to seek funding for the appropriate lifecycle stage of a capital project, consistent with the application tracks.

Applicants may apply to one or more transportation infrastructure programs solicited by the funding agency. In such cases, the applicant must list the other program(s) in the application. Applicants submitting more than one application are requested to submit a priority ranking of their
submitted applications

Previous award recipients include:

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority (CA)
  • University of South Florida (FL)
  • Cook County (IL)
  • Alaska Railroad Corporation (AK)
  • Michigan Department of Transportation (MI)

Refer to the Award file for additional information regarding previous award recipients.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Academic Institutions
Native American Tribe
Non Profits
Private Sector
State Government
Application Notes:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 28, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online at For supporting application materials that cannot be submitted online, such as oversized engineering drawings, an applicant may mail or deliver an original and two copies of such materials to the address provided in the Contact section. To ensure timely submission, applicants are encouraged to use other means of conveyance, such as a courier service.

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • SF 424A or SF 424C (as applicable)
  • SF 424B or SF 424D (as applicable)
  • SF LLL
  • Certifications regarding debarment, suspension and other responsibility matters, drug-free workplace requirements, and lobbying
  • Applicant financial capability questionnaire
  • Project narrative (25 pages max)
  • Statement of work
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Environmental compliance documentation (as applicable)
  • Draft or finalized agreement
  • Other relevant and available supporting documentation (optional; if applicable)

The page limit for the project narrative excludes cover pages, the table of contents, and supporting documentation. Supporting documents should be submitted via website links rather than hard copies, if possible. Attachments must be uploaded in the generally accepted formats listed on page 15 of the NOFA file.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration
  • SPOC (state Single Point of Contact) notification

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at Applicants in states participating in the SPOC program must contact the relevant SPOC listed in the SPOC file before applying.

An optional webinar will be held for this program as follows:

April 9, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Project benefits
  • Technical merit

Applications for Track 5 projects will also be evaluated according to specific criteria detailed on page 16 of the NOFA file.

Refer to the NOFA and Webinar files for additional application information.

Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Range: $2,478,391,050 (Max)
Match Notes:

For CRISI-funded projects, applicants must provide at least 20 percent of the total costs via nonfederal contributions. Applicants that provide at least 50 percent of the total costs will receive preference.

The minimum 20 percent nonfederal match for CRISI-funded projects may be composed of state or local public-sector and/or private-sector funding. In-kind contributions, including the donation of services, materials, and equipment, may be credited as a project cost.

Preliminary engineering costs associated with eligible highway-rail grade crossing improvement and trespassing prevention projects may be used as matching contributions if the costs were incurred no earlier than November 15, 2021.

Amtrak or other rail carriers may use ticket and other nonfederal revenues generated from their operations and other sources as matching funds.

Funding Notes:

Up to $2,478,391,050 is available to support grants and/or cooperative agreements through this program. Applications that request funding in excess of $1 million are encouraged. Of the total funding available, certain funding amounts have been set aside for the following purposes:

  • Rural area set-aside: at least $657,393,500, or 25 percent of available funding
  • Intercity passenger rail set-aside: at least $150 million
  • Trespassing measures set-aside: at least $32,724,132
  • Magnetic levitation deployment projects set-aside: up to $5 million from current available funding, in addition to $2 million from the 2021 appropriation
  • Workforce development: at least $5 million

Funding will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

For positive train control (PTC) projects, funds may not be used for maintenance and operating expenses incurred after a PTC system is placed in revenue service.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Meeting cost sharing or matching requirements of any other federally financed award or program
  • Pre-award costs, unless approved in writing by the funding agency

For FY 2022, over $1.4 billion was distributed via 70 awards through this program. For FY 2021, over $368 million was distributed via 46 awards ranging from up to $125,000 to up to $57.9 million through this program. Refer to the Award file for details.


Primary Contact:

Program Staff

Additional Contacts:

Deborah Kobrin
Supervisory Transportation Specialist
(202) 420-1281

Jenny Zeng
Transportation Industry Analyst
(857) 330-2481

Mailing Address
Deborah Kobrin
Office of Rail Program Development
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Room W38-212
Washington, D.C. 20590

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the program contacts provided.

Applications must be submitted online at Supporting application materials that cannot be submitted online may be mailed or delivered to the address provided.

NOFA File: US15633_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (493.7 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US15633_Webinar_FY2024.pdf (169.8 Kb)
Award File: US15633_Award_FY2024.pdf (4.8 Mb)
Other Pre-Award File: US15633_BudgetGuide_FY2024.pdf (84.6 Kb)
Application File: (393.4 Kb)
Federal Forms:
SPOC (195.6 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The Application folder contains forms required for submission. The Webinar file contains information regarding an optional webinar scheduled for this program. The BudgetGuide contains detailed budget instructions. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients. The SPOC file contains information on the state Single Point of Contact program.

April 8, 2024
Additional application information and forms have been released and attached as the BudgetGuide file and Application folder, respectively.

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