National Railroad Passenger Corporation Grants

 

To provide financial assistance to support the operation of and capital investment in intercity passenger rail service in the United States.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.315
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Dependent on appropriations. In FY2016, the grantee’s capital investment and annualized maintenance programs consisted of the following activities to maintain the national intercity passenger rail infrastructure: Engineering Infrastructure State of Good Repair (SOGR), Engineering Infrastructure Improvements, ADA Compliance Projects, Fleet Overhauls and Other Mechanical Requirements, Fleet Acquisitions, Information Technology, Facility Repair and Improvements, Planning and Development, Gateway and Operations Support. The total cost to update and maintain the national intercity passenger rail infrastructure in a state of good repair, develop plans and implement projects to ensure safety totaled 1.1B. During FY2016 the grantee upgraded multiple facilities to improve access for disabled patrons and comply with ADA regulations. FY2016 program accomplishments include development and implementation of Passenger Information Display Systems, ADA Stations Program and Accessible Boarding Technologies and the Washington Station PIDS Replacement project. The grantee is mandated to spend no less than 50M annually on ADA activities.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY2017 Amtrak restructured its management and executive leadership staff; reorganizing the business into units by different disciplines (e.g., Engineering, Mechanical and Financial Planning & Analysis etc.). This organizational shift ensured a more integrative and disciplined approach to project management and delivery. Amtrak also developed an Enterprise Portfolio Inventory Dashboard, a tool that enables Amtrak, FRA and various stakeholders to track and manage Amtrak’s investment and annualized maintenance programs and projects. Additionally, as part of the reorganization Amtrak elevated oversight and management of the ADA Stations Program at the Vice President level which further demonstrated the organization’s commitment to the ADA Stations Program at the highest levels of the organization. The ADA Stations Program was developed in order to bring the stations Amtrak serves and for which it has ADA responsibility into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in the timeliest, integrated and efficient way possible. FRA provides continuous oversight of all ADA implementation activities throughout the lifecycle of each project.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 2019 the grantee defined and identified 37 capital investment and annualized maintenance programs for its National Network and Northeast Corridor accounts. The programs combined consists of more than 200 projects for implementation along the National Network and Northeast Corridor. For example, the recipient’s maintenance and capital improvement program includes but is not limited to Bridges, Culverts, and Tunnels, Track Replacement, Railway Infrastructure Equipment, Locomotive Program, Mechanical Facility Improvements, ADA and Debt Service. The recipient anticipates capital investment and annualized maintenance implementation and construction cost of 1.5B. The aim of the recipient’s ADA Stations Program is to ensure all train stations and passenger facilities comply with Federal ADA guidelines, regulations and statutory requirements. For FY 2019, the recipient identified and will take active measures to bring 27 stations into compliance. The grantee is mandated to spend no less than 50M annually on ADA activities.
Fiscal Year 2020 Dependent on appropriations.
Authorization
Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act & Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, Public Law 114-223 & 254
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016 & Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, Public Law 114-53 & 113
Continuing Appropriation Resolution, 2015 & Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-164 & 235
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017; Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. Public Law 114-56,90,96,120,123,141 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019, Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes making appropriations for fiscal year 2019; Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act,2019; Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019. Public Law 115-245,298; 116-5,6
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
As directed by authorizing and appropriating statute, assistance is available only to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
As directed by authorizing and appropriating statute, assistance is available only to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.
Credentials/Documentation
See Application Procedures
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. Environmental clearance is required for the capital portion of this program.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Section 11202 of FAST Act, 49 U.S.C 24319 applies to this program. The applicant must submit the following information: A description of projected operating and capital cost for the upcoming fiscal year activities in comparison to prior fiscal year actual financial performance; A description of the capital projects to be funded, with cost estimates and an estimated timetable for completion of the projects covered by the request; An assessment of Amtrak's financial condition; A description of the status of efforts to improve safety and security on the Northeast Corridor main line, including a description of any efforts to implement recommendations of relevant railroad safety advisory committees; Application for Federal Assistance SF-424; US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Assurances and Certification forms (https://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/Details/L05284); Certification Regarding Debarment, suspension, and other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; Certification Regarding Lobbying; Assurances - Non-Construction Programs, SF 424B or Assurances - Construction, SF424D (whichever is specified in the announcement); Certificate of Indirect Costs; Detailed project descriptions, statement of work, and budgets.
Award Procedure
Review the application package to ensure that all required documents have been submitted and 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. After the application package is acceptable to both parties, a grant agreement is drafted, reviewed, and signed upon agreement by both parties.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Timing of Approval/Disapproval typically ranges from between 2-6 weeks.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals for projects must support the stated strategic goals of the applicant organization, align with the priorities identified in authorization or appropriation statutes, and of the Secretary of Transportation, and be accompanied by detailed scope and budget documentation. Quantitative or qualitative justification of project prioritization must be provided.
How may assistance be used?
As specified in individual Grant Opportunity announcements, assistance may be used to fund operating expenses, capital investment activities, and/or payment of debt service obligations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Monthly detailed reports regarding performance against project budgets and schedules, and forecasts of future performance. Final reports provide details of the results and benefits of the grantee's operational improvement efforts and annual capital investment and maintenance programs. Additional monitoring efforts include scheduled monitoring of corporate and specific program/project activities as well as Quarterly Meetings to discuss progress and results on the grantee’s capital and maintenance investment programs and IT and marketing projects.
Auditing
No additional audit 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 requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length and time phasing of assistance is dependent on the specific appropriating and/or authorizing law governing the grant opportunity. The award is determined by legislation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable
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
69-0123-0-1-401
Obligations
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$1,865,347,239.00; FY 19 est $1,931,062,000.00; FY 20 est $924,783,670.00; FY 17$1,489,652,000.00; FY 16$1,390,892,500.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards under this program ranged from $1,500,000 to $1,220,051,136 in FY 2018 and depend on the amount and break down of assistance made available through specific appropriation laws.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Dependent on appropriations. In FY2016 the grantee received federal financial assistance for operating and capital, debt service and ADA program. During the FY the grantee utilized funding to maintain the national intercity passenger rail infrastructure in a state of good repair, implemented projects to allow for the continued safe operation of national rail service, pursued activities that supported intercity passenger rail operations and addressed and complied with specific infrastructure improvement requirements and mandates. Examples of funded projects include Engineering Infrastructure, SOGR, Engineering Infrastructure Improvements, ADA Compliance Projects, Fleet Overhauls and Other Mechanical Requirements, Fleet Acquisitions, Information Technology, Facility Repair and Improvements, Planning and Development, Gateway and Operations Support.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY2017 the recipient will utilize federal assistance to fund the National Network’s operations and capital, debt service and ADA programs. The Northeast Corridor does not require operating assistance with funding solely used to conduct routine maintenance, construct infrastructure projects, service debt and conduct ADA Stations Program’s activities. The recipient has identified 37 programs that consist of 200 capital improvements and annualized maintenance projects. Examples of funded projects include IT, marketing, environmental, planning, SOGR, infrastructure and ADA projects.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 2019 the recipient continues to utilize federal assistance to fund the National Network’s operations and capital, debt service and ADA Stations Program. The Northeast Corridor does not require operating assistance with federal grant funds solely used to conduct routine maintenance, construct infrastructure projects, service debt and conduct ADA Stations Program activities. The recipient identified 37 programs that consists of more than 200 projects; comprising Stations and Real Estate , Safety, ,Fleet, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Maintenance, Support (e.g., Support Vehicles and Security) and ADA Stations Program projects.
Fiscal Year 2020 Dependent on appropriations.

 



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