FRA extends passenger rail grant deadline; boosts available funds

Dec. 27, 2019
Interested parties have an additional month to apply for the more than $26 million in available grants.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is extending the deadline for the Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program, as well as making nearly $2 million in additional funds available.  

The program provides grant funds to initiate, restore or enhance intercity passenger rail service around the United States. Groups of states, individual states, cities and other government subdivisions are eligible to apply. Amtrak and other intercity passenger rail companies also may apply.

Applications must be submitted by Feb. 5, 2020, which is a month later than the January deadline included in the original Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that was published in November.FRA has $26.33 million in funding available following the inclusion of $1.9 million from the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Act.  

“These grants help ensure communities continue to have access to the intercity passenger rail network that connects our country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao at the issuance of the original NOFO in November. 

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.