Railroad Safety

To reduce railroad-related casualties and accidents.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Grant for Transcaer -- Hazardous Materials was able to enhance nationwide emergency response hands on exercises, train the trainer, face to face and web based training through its support of the American Chemistry Council?s Transcaer Program. Operation Lifesaver -- Provided assistance to State programs for State coordinator training; national and regional training seminars; educational materials; information to the public promoting rail safety through public service announcements, videos, website and e-learning, and supported the national office to administer its programs and developed and deployed national public awareness and outreach campaign.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Regional Administrator, 55 Broadway, Room 1077, Cambridge, MA 02142 Telephone: (617) 494-2302.

Regional Administrator, 1510 Chester Pike, Crum Lynne, PA 19023 Telephone: (610) 521-8200 Regional Administrator, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Suite 16T20, Atlanta Federal Center, Atlanta, GA 30303- 3104.

Telephone: (404) 562-3800.

Regional Administrator, 111 West Adam Street, Suite 310, Chicago, IL 60606 Telephone: (312) 353- 6203.

Regional Administrator, 4100 International Plaza, Suite 450, Fort Worth, TX 76109 Telephone: (817) 862-2200.

Regional Administrator, 901 Locust Street, Suite 464, Kansas City, MO 64106 Telephone: (816) 329-3840.

Regional Administrator, 801 I Street, Suite 466, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Telephone: (916) 498-6540.

Regional Administrator, 500 E.

Broadway, Suite 240, Vancouver, WA, 98660 Telephone: (360) 696-7536.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2021-09-012022-12-31
Southern California Regional Rail Authority $ 59,000   2021-07-012022-12-31
Transportation, Florida Department Of $ 79,000   2021-09-012022-12-31
Corporation Commission, Arizona $ 28,272   2020-09-012022-12-31
Public Service Commission, North Dakota $ 5,429   2020-09-012022-12-31
Transportation, New Jersey Dept Of $ 10,815   2020-09-012022-12-31
Transportation, North Carolina Department Of $ 5,891   2020-09-012022-12-31
Transportation, Texas Department Of $ 31,392   2020-09-012022-12-31
Transportation, Oregon Department Of $ 47,101   2020-09-012022-12-31
Finger Lakes Railway, Inc $ 500,000   2019-10-012022-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Transcaer taught 49,999 emergency responders about railroad emergency response through its various face to face exercises and webinar training outreach all over the United States in 2016. Some of the training included the following: students were trained in Chlorine response during 15 training events; the Crude by Rail component was rolled out this year to a national audience; and there were 14 ethanol safety seminars in addition to training for Anhydrous Ammonia. The Hazardous Materials Division will continue to oversee one grant for Transcaer. Hazardous Materials was able to enhance nationwide emergency response hands on exercises, train the trainer, face to face and web based training through its support of the American Chemistry Council?s Transcaer Program. The Hazardous Materials Division plans to continue funding this Transcaer grant and possibly others in order to enhance rail emergency response and the security of hazardous materials in transportation. Operation Lifesaver provided assistance to State programs for State coordinator training; national and regional training seminars; educational materials; information to the public promoting rail safety through public service announcements, videos, website and e-learning, and supported the national office to administer its programs and developed and deployed national public awareness and outreach campaign ?See Tracks? Think Train.? The law enforcement liaisons have developed a wide variety of initiatives and rail safety training programs for local law enforcement and emergency responder organizations throughout their respective regions. These initiatives include conducting grade crossing collision investigation training and emergency responder training for hundreds of police, fire, and emergency responders. The liaisons conduct extensive outreach to communities to promote grade crossing safety, encourage enforcement of laws related to trespassing and highway rail grade crossings. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

1) Risk Reduction ? Assistance will support pilot projects and a peer-peer program on NS.

2) OLI ? Assistance will promote educational awareness.

3) Security ? Assistance will help establish, develop, and implement plans, procedures, and networks to send and receive security-sensitive or emergency-related information from the Government to rail stakeholders and from rail stakeholders to the Government.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Anyone concerned with railroad safety.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.

Credentials/Documentation

See Application Procedure. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The applicant must submit the following information: Application for Federal Assistance SF-424; US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Assurances and Certification forms http://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/admin/assurancesandcertifications.pdf; Certification Regarding Debarment, suspension, and other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion - Lower Tier Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; Certification Regarding Lobbying; Assurances - Non-Construction Programs, SF 424E or Assurances ? Construction, SF424D (whichever is specified in the announcement); Certificate of Indirect Costs; Detailed project descriptions, statement of work, and budgets; Description of work completed to date; and description of type and source of matching funds.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Department of Transportation Act of 1966, Public Law 89-670, 49 U.S.C 1651-1659.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No restriction on period of time the assistance normally is available. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is usually awarded upon request for reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The grantee shall submit the following reports: Quarterly progress reports giving an account of significant progress (findings, events, trends, etc.) made during the reporting period, and a description of any technical and/or cost problems encountered or anticipated that will affect completion of the grant.

SF-270 Request for Advance or Reimbursement.

Quarterly progress reports.

Quarterly financial status reports using SF 425, Federal Financial Report.

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.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 C.F.R. Part 200, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 C.F.R. Part 200.

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0700-0-1-401; 69-0702-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $1,105,000; FY 17 est $18,170,000; and FY 18 est $20,670,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range was between 15,000 to 1,015,000, and the average was 366,907.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Administrator, 55 Broadway, Room 1077, Cambridge, MA 02142 Telephone: (617) 494-2302. Regional Administrator, 1510 Chester Pike, Crum Lynne, PA 19023 Telephone: (610) 521-8200 Regional Administrator, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Suite 16T20, Atlanta Federal Center, Atlanta, GA 30303- 3104. Telephone: (404) 562-3800. Regional Administrator, 111 West Adam Street, Suite 310, Chicago, IL 60606 Telephone: (312) 353- 6203. Regional Administrator, 4100 International Plaza, Suite 450, Fort Worth, TX 76109 Telephone: (817) 862-2200. Regional Administrator, 901 Locust Street, Suite 464, Kansas City, MO 64106 Telephone: (816) 329-3840. Regional Administrator, 801 I Street, Suite 466, Sacramento, CA 95814. Telephone: (916) 498-6540. Regional Administrator, 500 E. Broadway, Suite 240, Vancouver, WA, 98660 Telephone: (360) 696-7536.

Headquarters Office

Gina Matrassi 1200 New Jersey Ave SE., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 493-6139.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.


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