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.

credit: via U.S. Department of Treasury

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: 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 grantee 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 grantee 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 2018: Dependent on appropriations.


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 - None.

Not applicable.
Website Address

http://www.fra.dot.gov


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
National Railroad Passenger Corporation $ 1,250,000   2016-10-012020-09-30
National Railroad Passenger Corporation $ 15,129,014   2012-02-092019-02-28
National Railroad Passenger Corporation $1,159,165,000   2016-10-012018-12-31
National Railroad Passenger Corporation $ 321,360,000   2016-10-012018-12-31
National Railroad Passenger Corporation $1,092,992,500   2015-10-012018-12-31
National Railroad Passenger Corporation $1,129,300,000   2014-11-192017-12-31
National Railroad Passenger Corporation $ 8,400,000   2016-02-162017-11-30
National Railroad Passenger Corporation $1,039,750,000   2013-10-312016-12-31
National Railroad Passenger Corporation $ 339,000   2015-08-112016-12-31
National Railroad Passenger Corporation $ 250,000,000   2014-11-192015-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 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 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 grantees 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 grantee anticipates capital investment and annualized maintenance implementation and construction cost of 1.4B. The aim of the grantee?s ADA Stations Program is to ensure train stations and passenger facilities comply with Federal ADA guidelines and meet all Federal regulations and statutory requirements. For FY2017, the grantee identified and will take active measures to bring 36 stations into compliance. The grantee is mandated to spend no less than 50M annually on ADA activities. Fiscal Year 2018: Dependent on appropriations.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

As directed by authorizing and appropriating statute, assistance is available only to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

Eligibility Requirements

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

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Environmental clearance is required for the capital portion of this program.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The applicant must submit the following information: 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 Procedures

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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Continuing Appropriation Resolution, 2015 & Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 , Public Law 113-164 & 235; Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016 & Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 , Public Law 114-53 & 113; 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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Timing of Approval/Disapproval typically ranges from between 2-6 weeks.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The award is determined by legislation.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The grantee submits the following reports: Monthly/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.

The grantee submits additional program reports monthly/quarterly and annually to comply with mandatory regulatory and statutory requirements or other related laws and orders.

A comprehensive list of the grantee?s reporting requirements can be found in the annual grant agreements.

SF-270 Request for Advance or Reimbursement.

Monthly/Quarterly progress reports.

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

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.

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

69-1774-0-1-401; 69-0125-0-1-401; 69-1775-0-1-401; 69-0123-0-1-401; 69-0121-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $1,390,892,500; FY 17 est $1,417,000,000; and FY 18 est $773,000,000 - Funds for this activity were requested as a part of the National High-Performance Rail System account in the FY 2017 budget. ($1.9B of $2.3B).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards under this program ranged from $1,250,000 to $1,090,992,500 in FY 2016 and depend on the amount and break down of assistance made available through specific appropriation laws.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 493-6377

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.



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