Section 1010 of the 1991 ISTEA revised 23 U.S.C. 104(d) (continued in TEA-21, Section 1103(c) and in SAFETEA-LU Section 1103 (f)) to require the Secretary to set aside Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds to States to improve highway-railroad grade crossings on Federally designated high speed rail corridors. SAFETEA-LU provides that this program be funded by $15 million in Fiscal Year 2009 in contract authority, including a set-aside earmark in the amount of $3,000,000 for the Minneapolis to Chicago corridor. For Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011, SAFETEA-LU, as extended, authorized $15 million under this section. FHWA and FRA have issued a partial disbursement of the Fiscal Year 2010 appropriation for congressionally designated projects, leaving $6,525,000 available for discretionary award. The residual funds of $6,525,000 from Fiscal Year 2010 and the full funding amount of $15,000,000 (less obligation limit) for Fiscal Year 2011, for a total of $21,525,000 (less obligation limit), are being made available for discretionary award through this announcement.
These funds may be used for the elimination of hazards at railway-highway crossings along 11 designated high-speed rail corridors.
This program is jointly administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Up to 100 percent, in accordance with 23 U.S.C. section 120 (c)
Current FY + 3 Years
Highway Trust Fund (HTF)
23 U.S.C. 104(d), SAFETEA-LU Section 1103 (f), 23 U.S.C. 120 (c)
23 CFR Part 646 (Railroads)
23 CFR 655 Subpart F
(Traffic Control Devices on Federal-Aid and other streets and highways)
Federally Designated High-Speed Rail Corridors, March 2011
High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Strategy, Version. 1.0, November 2009
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
For additional information regarding the Railway-Highway Crossing Hazard Elimination in High-Speed Rail Corridors program and Fiscal Year 2011 funding solicitation, please visit the following external link to the FRA website: http://www.fra.dot.gov/rpd/passenger/fp_HSR_grade_crossing.shtml