Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair

 

To fund capital projects that repair, replace, or rehabilitate publicly-owned or controlled railroad assets and improve intercity passenger rail performance.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.326
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2019 FRA received applications requesting FY 2017 and 2018 funds ($272,250,000), and anticipates announcing the selection of projects that will reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance.
Fiscal Year 2020 FRA anticipates announcing the notice of funding opportunity and receiving applications requesting FY 2019 funds ($396,000,000).
Authorization
Sections 11103 and 11302 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) (2015), Public Law 114-94, 49 U.S.C. 24911
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
(A) a State (including the District of Columbia); (B) a group of States; (C) an Interstate Compact; (D) a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States; (E) a political subdivision of a State; (F) Amtrak, acting on its own behalf or under a cooperative agreement with 1 or more States; or (G) any combination of the entities described in (A) through (F).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Profit organization, Interstate, State, Local (A) a State (including the District of Columbia); (B) a group of States; (C) an Interstate Compact; (D) a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States; (E) a political subdivision of a State; (F) Amtrak, acting on its own behalf or under a cooperative agreement with 1 or more States; or (G) any combination of the entities described in subparagraphs (A) through (F).
Credentials/Documentation
SF424 (Application for Federal Assistance); SF 424A - Budget Information for Non-Construction or SF 424C Budget Information for Construction; SF 424B - Assurances for Non-Construction or SF 424D - Assurances for Construction; FRA's Additional Assurances and Certifications; and SF LLL: Disclosure of Lobbying Activities. Other documents may be required as pre-requisites to funding based on program type; documentation demonstrating applicant eligibility (for applicants other than States); National Environmental Policy Act documentation for construction projects and service development programs; program-specific Assurances and Certifications; planning and engineering documentation.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An initial review of the applicant, project application and eligibility. The aRequired documents for an application package are: Project Narrative, Statement of Work, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Environmental Compliance Documentation, SF424 - Application for Federal Assistance, SF 424C - Budget Information for Construction, or, for an equipment procurement project without any construction costs, or SF 424A - Budget Information for Non-Construction, SF 424D - Assurances for Construction, or, for an equipment procurement project without any construction costs, or SF 424B - Assurances for Non-Construction, FRA's Additional Assurances and Certifications, SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities. pplication is then reviewed and rated against the key criteria set forth in the NOFO.
Award Procedure
Applications selected for funding will be announced in a press release and on FRA's website after the application review period. FRA will contact applicants with successful applications after announcement with information and instructions about the award process. This notification is not an authorization to begin proposed project activities. A formal grant agreement or cooperative agreement signed by both the grantee and the FRA, including an approved scope, schedule, and budget, is required before the award is considered complete.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
FRA is committed to responding to applicants in a reasonable and timely manner. Response times will vary based on size, scope, complexity and volume of applications.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications proceed through a three-part application review process, as follows: o Screening applications for completeness and eligibility; o Evaluating the technical merit and benefits of eligible applications; and o Selecting projects for funding FRA will give preference to projects for which: o Amtrak is not the sole applicant; o Applications were submitted jointly by multiple applicants; o Proposed Federal share of total project costs does not exceed 50 percent; After applying the above preferences, FRA will take in account the key Departmental priorities; ) the cost-benefit analysis of the proposed project; the applicant's past performance in developing and delivering similar projects, and previous financial contributions; whether the applicant has, or will have-the legal, financial, and technical capacity to carry out the project; satisfactory continuing control over the use of the equipment or facilities; and the capability and willingness to maintain the equipment or facilities; and if applicable, the consistency of the project with planning guidance and documents set forth by the Secretary or required by law.
How may assistance be used?
Capital projects to replace or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets, including— (1) capital projects to replace existing assets in-kind; (2) capital projects to replace existing assets with assets that increase capacity or provide a higher level of service; (3) capital projects to ensure that service can be maintained while existing assets are brought to a state of good repair; and (4) capital projects to bring existing assets into a state of good repair.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Grant recipients will be monitored periodically by FRA to ensure that the project goals, objectives, performance requirements, timelines, milestones, budgets, and other related program criteria are being met. Monitoring may include onsite visits or detailed, interactive desk reviews. In addition, grantees are provided with intensive technical assistance from grants staff on a daily basis. Each applicant selected for funding must collect information and report on the project's performance using measures mutually agreed upon by FRA and the grantee to assess progress in achieving strategic goals and objectives.
Auditing
No additional requirements.
Records
During the course of its activities under a grant agreement and for three years thereafter, the applicant must agree to retain intact and to provide any data, documents, reports, records, contracts, and supporting materials relating to its performance under the agreement as FRA may require. Reporting and record-keeping requirements are set forth in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 for private non-profit and for-profit Grantees. Closeout does not alter these requirements.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 20%. The Federal share of total project costs under this section shall not exceed 80 percent.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No restriction on period of time the assistance normally is available. Assistance is awarded upon request for reimbursement Funding is obligated through cooperative agreements or grants, and outlays occur as reimbursement. Funding will only be obligated and disbursed as milestones are achieved.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Felicia Young
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590 US
felicia.young@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 493-6441
Website Address
http://www.fra.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-2810-0-1-401
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $136,125,000.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No grants were awarded in FY 2018.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Recipients of funds must comply with all applicable requirements of Federal law, including, without limitation, the Constitution of the United States; the conditions of performance, nondiscrimination requirements, and other assurances made applicable to the award of funds in accordance with regulations of the Department of Transportation; and applicable Federal financial assistance and contracting principles promulgated by the Office of Management and Budget. In complying with these requirements, recipients, in particular, must ensure that no concession agreements are denied or other contracting decisions made on the basis of speech or other activities protected by the First Amendment. If the Department determines that a recipient has failed to comply with applicable Federal requirements, the Department may terminate the award of funds and disallow previously incurred costs, requiring the recipient to reimburse any expended award funds. Examples of administrative and national policy requirements include: 2 CFR Part 200; procurement standards; compliance with Federal civil rights laws and regulations; requirements for disadvantaged business enterprises, debarment and suspension requirements, and drug-free workplace requirements; FRA's and OMB's Assurances and Certifications; Americans with Disabilities Act; safety requirements; NEPA; environmental justice requirements; performance measures under 49 U.S.C. 22907(f); grant conditions under 49 U.S.C. 22905, including the Buy America requirements, the provision deeming operators rail carriers for certain purposes and grantee agreements with railroad right-of-way owners for projects using railroad right-of way. See an example of standard terms and conditions for FRA grant awards at https://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/Details/L19057.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2020 Examples of projects anticipated for funding in FY 2020 include bridge rehabilitations and replacements; station upgrades; track rehabilitations; and rail car replacements.

 



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