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US rail infrastructure projects secure over $368m in federal aid

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The US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has granted greater than $368m for 46 rail initiatives in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

Accredited below the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Security Enhancements (CRISI) grant programme, the funds will assist modernise the rail infrastructure and strengthen provide chains within the nation.

The US Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg mentioned: “We’re proud to award these grants to enhance passenger rail for riders and strengthen the freight rail that makes our provide chains and our financial system work.”

CRISI-funded initiatives are anticipated to enhance multi-modal connections, apart from addressing gradual orders and modernising the 100-year-old observe to speed up the motion of products from ports to rail to vehicles to cabinets.

Among the initiatives being funded below the programme embody the $6.1m Georgia Americus sub improve challenge, $15.6m Port of Baltimore rail capability modernisation challenge and $57m Raleigh to Richmond hall infrastructure engineering and security programme.

The initiatives additionally embody the $10.9m Southwest Kansas infrastructure improve challenge, $8.3m Florida panhandle rural capability enlargement challenge and $21m Nice Lakes hall enchancment challenge in addition to $4.5m improvement and implementation of HBCU primarily based railroad engineering programme for underrepresented communities.

Round $87m has been allotted for initiatives associated to the event of a brand new intercity passenger rail service, in addition to $25.7m for capital initiatives or engineering options to trespass and exceed the required statutory minimums.

FRA Administrator Amit Bose mentioned: “This spherical of CRISI grants – one of many largest ever – is a significant step ahead for the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to revitalise and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.

“These awards will enable FRA to assist rail initiatives that lay the groundwork for future financial progress.” 

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