Maglev Project Selection Program - SAFETEA-LU


To provide financial assistance for a demonstration magnetic levitation transportation project.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 One grant was awarded in late FY2016 to fund Preliminary Engineering and NEPA review and documentation for a proposed high-speed superconducting maglev (SCMAGLEV) train system.
Fiscal Year 2017 The FY 2016 funded project's preliminary engineering work and NEPA study are underway to evaluate the proposed SCMAGLEV service on a new right-of-way (ROW) with reasonable alternatives for alignments and station locations, and will document potential impacts on the environment.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is anticipated that a notice of funding opportunity will be published in FY 2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 The on-going project initiated in FY 2016 will complete the preliminary engineering and environmental compliance review for a high-speed MAGLEV train system.
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-59
Public Law 109-59 sections 1101(a)(18) and 1307, as amended by the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008, Public Law 110-244, Sec. 102 (2008) (23 U.S.C. 322 note) (Technical Corrections Act).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Only for existing Maglev projects.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State governments.
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; 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. Required 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 SF 424A - Budget Information for Non-Construction, SF 424D - Assurances for Construction, or SF 424B - Assurances for Non-Construction, FRA's Additional Assurances and Certifications, SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities
Award Procedure
Review the application package to ensure that all required documents are complete and signed by the appropriate person. Review the statement of work (SOW) and budget to ensure the appropriation language requirements are met. Review SOW for technical issues and budget for appropriate costs, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws and orders. Compare applications to determine relative satisfaction of published selection criteria. Select the applicants that are most qualified. After the application package is acceptable to both parties, a grant agreement is drafted, reviewed, and signed upon agreement by both parties.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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 benefits of eligible applications; and o Selecting projects for funding FRA will take into account key Departmental objectives when selecting projects.
How may assistance be used?
Eligible project costs are: (1) the capital cost of the fixed guideway infrastructure of a Maglev project and (2) preconstruction planning activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
No additional requirements.
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. 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
Assistance is usually awarded upon request for reimbursement. 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. FRA requires satisfaction of applicable requirements by the applicant and a formal agreement signed by both the grantee and the FRA, including an approved scope, schedule, and budget, to obligate the grant.
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
Phone: 202-493-6441
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17$0.00; FY 18 est $0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 16$27,800,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No obligations were made in FY 2018. One additional obligation beyond FY 2020 is planned for $13,800,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
In connection with any program or activity conducted with or benefiting from funds awarded under this notice, 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; disadvantaged business enterprises; debarment and suspension; drug-free workplace; FRA's and OMB's Assurances and Certifications; Americans with Disabilities Act; safety requirements; NEPA; environmental justice and the Buy American Act, 41 U.S.C. 8301-8305. Financial assistance made available under this NOFO, and projects assisted with such assistance, are subject to 49 U.S.C. 5333(a). See an example of standard terms and conditions for FRA grant awards at
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 An example of a project to be funded in FY 2016 includes Preconstruction planning activities. An example of the project funded in FY 2016 includes Preconstruction SCMAGLEV planning activities.
Fiscal Year 2018 An on-going project initiated in FY 2016 continued conducting the preliminary engineering and environmental compliance review for a high-speed MAGLEV train system.
Fiscal Year 2019 An on-going project initiated in FY 2016 will continue conducting the preliminary engineering and environmental compliance review for a high-speed MAGLEV train system.
Fiscal Year 2020 An on-going project initiated in FY 2016 will complete the preliminary engineering and environmental compliance review for a high-speed MAGLEV train system.


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