Rail Relocation Grants, Deadline October 19

Eligible Projects
In accordance with SAFETEA–LU, eligible projects are construction projects undertaken for the improvement of the route or structure of a rail line that either: (1) Are carried out for the purpose of mitigating the adverse effects of rail traffic on safety,  vehicle traffic flow, community quality of life, or economic development; or (2) involve a lateral or vertical relocation of any portion of the rail line (see 49 CFR 262.7). Eligible construction projects are defined in 49 CFR 262.3 as locating, surveying, and mapping; track and related structure installation, restoration, and rehabilitation; acquisition of rights-of-way; relocation assistance, acquisition of replacement housing sites, and acquisition and rehabilitation, relocation, and construction of  replacement housing; and elimination of obstacles and relocation of utilities. Pre-construction activities, such as preliminary engineering, design, and costs associated with project-level compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), are
considered part of the overall construction project (49 CFR 262.3(6)) and are also eligible for funding
Because section 9002 of SAFETEA–LU directs that only construction costs are eligible costs, activities such as planning studies and feasibility analyses are not eligible for funding. FRA wants to emphasize that in order for the project to be eligible, the rail line must be the element that is moved or improved. Grade separation projects that involve raising or lowering the road, for example, are not eligible. Similarly, quiet zones and stand-alone grade crossing improvement projects are not eligible. Station improvement projects where there is little or no related track work are also not eligible. As explained in the Final Rule, if station or grade crossing improvements are part of an otherwise eligible rail line relocation or improvement project, then the costs
associated with the grade crossing or station work may be eligible (see 73 FR 39879). However, the majority of the proposed project scope must involve relocating or improving a rail line.
Eligible Applicants
Only States, political subdivisions of States, and the District of Columbia are eligible for grants under the Program (see 49 CFR 262.3 and 262.7). FRA considers political subdivisions of States to be entities such as cities, counties, townships, boroughs, and villages.
All applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 5 p.m. E.D.T. on October 19, 2011. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early to ensure that all materials are received before this deadline.
For further information regarding this notice and the grants program, please contact John Winkle via e-mail at John.Winkle@dot.gov, or by mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W38–311, Washington, DC 20590 Attention: John Winkle.



Rail Relocation Grants, Deadline October 19

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