Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair

To fund capital projects that reduce the state of good repair backlog with respect to qualified railroad assets.

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.

Website Address


Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority $ 41,183,845   2020-12-282028-02-14
Wisconsin Department Of Transportation $ 25,716,900   2020-09-152027-06-30
San Diego Association Of Governments $ 11,570,250   2022-02-152026-12-31
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority $ 29,303,350   2021-12-012025-12-31
Transportation, Michigan Department Of $ 23,335,165   2020-04-152025-12-31
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority $ 8,337,500   2022-02-012025-10-31
Metropolitan Transportation Authority $ 15,000,000   2021-08-162024-09-30
Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation $ 17,840,000   2020-01-012024-03-30
Rhode Island Dot $ 12,500,000   2020-08-012024-03-29
Transportation, New York Department Of $ 2,000,000   2021-05-032023-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Capital projects to replace or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets, including? (1) capital projects to replace existing assets in-kind; (2) capital projects to replace existing assets with assets that increase capacity or provide a higher level of service; (3) capital projects to ensure that service can be maintained while existing assets are brought to a state of good repair; and (4) capital projects to bring existing assets into a state of good repair.

99% discretionary in FY 17 FY 17 Restrictions: 1% takedown Northeast Corridor Projects: (1) Compliance with usage agreements? Grant funds may not be provided to an eligible recipient for an eligible project located on the Northeast Corridor unless Amtrak and the public authorities providing commuter rail passenger transportation on the Northeast Corridor are in compliance with section 24905(c)(2). (2) Capital investment plan.? When selecting projects located on the Northeast Corridor, the Secretary shall consider the appropriate sequence and phasing of projects as contained in the Northeast Corridor capital investment plan developed pursuant to section 24904(a).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

(A) a State (including the District of Columbia); (B) a group of States; (C) an Interstate Compact; (D) a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States; (E) a political subdivision of a State; (F) Amtrak, acting on its own behalf or under a cooperative agreement with 1 or more States; or (G) any combination of the entities described in (A) through (F).

Beneficiary Eligibility

(A) a State (including the District of Columbia); (B) a group of States; (C) an Interstate Compact; (D) a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States; (E) a political subdivision of a State; (F) Amtrak, acting on its own behalf or under a cooperative agreement with 1 or more States; or (G) any combination of the entities described in subparagraphs (A) through (F).


SF424 (Application for Federal Assistance); SF 424A - Budget Information for Non-Construction or SF 424C Budget Information for Construction; SF 424B ? Assurances for Non-Construction or SF 424D ? Assurances for Construction; FRA?s Additional Assurances and Certifications; and SF LLL: Disclosure of Lobbying Activities. Other documents may be required as pre-requisites to funding based on program type; documentation demonstrating applicant eligibility (for applicants other than States); National Environmental Policy Act documentation for construction projects and service development programs; program-specific Assurances and Certifications; planning and engineering documentation. 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.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An initial review of the applicant, project application and eligibility. The application is then reviewed and rated against the key criteria set forth in the NOFO.

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.


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


Fixing America?s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) , Public Law 114-94.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

FRA is committed to responding to applicants in a reasonable and timely manner. Response times will vary based on size, scope, complexity and volume of applications.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Public Law 114-94. The Federal share of total project costs under this section shall not exceed 80 percent. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. The Federal share of total project costs under this section shall not exceed 80 percent. 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 awarded upon request for reimbursement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funding is obligated through cooperative agreements, and outlays occur as reimbursement. Funding will only be obligated and disbursed as milestones are achieved.

Post Assistance Requirements


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.

Monitoring may include onsite visits or detailed, interactive desk reviews.

In addition, grantees are provided with intensive technical assistance from grants staff on a daily basis.


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.


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



(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $50,435,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not available ? new program.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and related laws

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Mary Ann McNamara 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 493-6393

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

FRA will give preference to a proposed project for which: (1)(A) Amtrak is not the sole applicant; (B) applications were submitted jointly by multiple applicants; and (C) the proposed Federal share of total project costs does not exceed 50 percent; and (2) take into account? (A) the cost-benefit analysis of the proposed project, including anticipated private and public benefits relative to the costs of the proposed project, including? (i) effects on system and service performance; (ii) effects on safety, competitiveness, reliability, trip or transit time, and resilience; (iii) efficiencies from improved integration with other modes; and (iv) ability to meet existing or anticipated demand;(B) the degree to which the proposed project?s business plan considers potential private sector participation in the financing, construction, or operation of the proposed project; (C) the applicant?s past performance in developing and delivering similar projects, and previous financial contributions; (D) whether the applicant has, or will have? (i) the legal, financial, and technical capacity to carry out the project; (ii) satisfactory continuing control over the use of the equipment or facilities; and (iii) the capability and willingness to maintain the equipment or facilities; (E) if applicable, the consistency of the project with planning guidance and documents set forth by the Secretary or required by law; and (F) any other relevant factors, as determined by the Secretary.

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