FRA Hands Out $302 million in ‘State of Good Repair’ Grants

The Federal Railroad Administration awarded $302 million worth of grants through its State of Good Repair Program to help rehabilitate railroad infrastructure in nine different states last week. The money will help fund 12 different projects, from bridgework in Connecticut to track bed stabilization in California. 

“This $302.6 million federal investment will upgrade rail infrastructure and enhance safety on the tracks and at railroad crossings in rural and urban communities across America,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao in a press release announcing the awards

Among the highlights of the grant award include $11.5 million for trackbed stabilization in Del Mar, Calif. on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner route; $6.7 million for bridge work on the Southern California Regional Rail Authority’s Ventura Subdivision, used by the Surfliner and Metrolink’s Ventura County Line service; $29.9 million to replace the 124-year-old Norwalk River Bridge in Connecticut on the Northeast Corridor; $12.4 million to modernize three interlockings on the Metra-owned Milwaukee North Line in Illinois; $8 million to modernize a five-mile section of the Northeast Corridor near Baltimore; $6.5 million to upgrade signaling on the Kalamazoo-Dearborn corridor in Michigan; $55 million to NJ Transit to repair a bridge over the Hackensack River; $36 million to rebuild a substation on the Northeast Corridor near Kearny, N.J.; $30 million to replace catenary structures on the Amtrak-owned Hell Gate Line between Penn Station and New Rochelle, N.Y.; $17.5 million to improve platforms at New York City’s Penn Station; $80 million to purchase new locomotives and cars for the North Carolina Department of Transportation; and $8.3 million for trackwork on Amtrak’s Harrisburg Line.

This article was posted on: June 1, 2020