Rail Line Relocation and Improvement

To provide financial assistance for rail line relocation and improvement projects.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: An example of a project that was completed in FY 16 is the relocation and reconstruction of a rail line that will facilitate the creation of the Osceola Avenue multimodal trail and eliminate important safety issues caused by concurrent rail, vehicular and pedestrian use. Another example of a project that was completed in FY16 is the rehabilitation of approximately 40 miles of the railroad in order to accommodate 286,000 pound loads, increase train speeds to up to 25 mph, and reduce Excepted Track Classification.

Fiscal Year 2017: An example of a project that will be completed in FY17 involves upgrading the Lead track from an industrial lead with speeds limited to approximately 5 mph, to a Class 1 track, which will allow for speeds of 10 mph. Another example of a project that will be completed in FY17involves relocating the Railroad Line to reduce the potential for a slope failure and the resulting loss of service and possible derailment.

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.

If necessary to contact a regional office, the contact information will be in a grant agreement.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Transportation, South Dakota Department Of $ 1,803,801   2013-01-252021-12-31
Illinois Department Of Transportation $ 475,000   2011-11-032021-12-31
Commerce And Economic Opportunity, Illinois Department Of $ 1,210,054   2013-03-072017-12-31
Transportation, Arkansas Department Of $ 332,500   2011-05-192016-12-31
Transportation, Minnesota Department Of $ 109,033   2014-07-212016-12-31
Sioux City, City Of $ 2,000,000   2013-05-302016-09-30
Transportation, Indiana Department Of $ 441,000   2014-01-102016-06-30
Springfield, City Of $ 1,792,929   2013-03-082016-06-30
Transportation, Minnesota Department Of $ 205,879   2012-09-272016-06-30
Detroit Wayne County Port Authority-$ 500,000   2013-10-012015-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Five projects were completed in FY 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: Two projects remain to be completed in FY 17. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The financial assistance may fund, but is not limited to, rehabilitation, relocation or construction of railroads, including some planning activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Government - General and Transportation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, Political Subdivisions of States, and the District of Columbia.

Credentials/Documentation

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

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The applicant must submit the following information to the FRA through www.grants.gov: Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 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 424E Certificate of Indirect Costs; Assurances - Construction Programs SF-424D Statement of Work Budget.

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 (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 424E; 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

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.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. This program has no statutory formula. All grantees will be required to provide at least a 10% match from non-program funds toward the grant budget. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No restriction on period of time the assistance normally is available. Assistance is usually awarded upon request for reimbursement. 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 and; Final report giving details of the results and benefits of the Grantee's improvement efforts.

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

69-0716-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $3,000,000; FY 17 est $5,000,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No awards were made in FY 2016. Range of expected awards is $386,000 to $500,000 with an average of $428,667.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

These two Acts and associated regulations provide the primary guidance for this program: The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and related laws; the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (Public Law 109-59). ); 49 CFR Part 262.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. If necessary to contact a regional office, the contact information will be in a grant agreement.

Headquarters Office

John Winkle 1200 New Jersey Ave SE., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 493-6067 Fax: (202) 493-6330.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria were included in SAFETEA-LU and the Final Rule establishing the program. For the earmarks, the work and cost estimates are reasonable and are within the scope of the program regulations and the appropriation language. For the earmarks, the work and cost estimates are reasonable and are within the scope of the program regulations and the appropriation language.



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