CRISI Rail Infrastructure Grants
The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement Grants Program was created by the FAST Act in 2015. CRISI grants are designed to support improvements to passenger and freight rail systems in order to achieve safety, efficiency, and reliability benefits. By early 2019 over $306 million in CRISI funding had been awarded across 57 different projects. CRISI is managed by the Federal Railroad Administration and can support:
- Projects that deploy non-positive train control (PTC) railroad safety technology and rail integrity inspection systems.
- Intercity passenger rail capital projects, including those that reduce congestion and encourage ridership growth on heavily traveled corridors.
- Capital projects that address rail congestion.
- Highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects, including grade separations.
- Rail line relocation and improvement projects.
- Capital projects for short-line or regional railroad infrastructure.
- Regional rail and corridor service development planning.
- Projects that enhance multi-modal connections or service integration.
- Certain types of safety programs, research and workforce development are eligible purposes.
Funding proposals may be for multiple tracks in a funding proposal for a single project: 1) planning, 2) preliminary engineering/environmental, 3) final design/construction.
Eligibility is quite broad, including public entities, but also Class II and III railroads, Amtrak and other intercity passenger providers. Class I railroads and suppliers can partner with eligible entities to submit applications.
The minimum non-federal funding match is 20% but preference will be given to projects offering at least 50% match. Construction projects should demonstrate a net positive cost-benefit analysis. Twenty-five percent of funds must be set-aside for projects in rural areas.
We begin all of our CRISI application support engagements with a document review and one or more working calls. This is at no charge to the applicant and enables us to assess your project’s eligibility and competitiveness for the current CRISI cycle. We encourage projects sponsors to contact us to set up a time to get started discussing your project.