U.S. Department of Transportation: Commuter Authority Rail Safety Improvement (CARSI) Grants
The Commuter Authority Rail Safety Improvement (CARSI) Grants program aims to improve safety at public railway-highway crossings. The program provides funding to entities for the construction of projects for the elimination of hazards at railway-highway crossings. Eligible projects are limited to the following:
- The separation or protection of grades at crossings
- The reconstruction of existing railroad grade crossing structures
- The relocation of highways to eliminate grade crossings
- Projects at grade crossings to eliminate hazards posed by blocked grade crossings due to idling trains
Amount: $50,000,000 is to make multiple awards. The estimated duration of awards is 1-4 years. Aa minimum non-federal cost share of 10 percent of the project cost is required. The award is a cost-reimbursable grant.
Eligibility: An applicant must be a “commuter authority,” which is a state, local, or regional entity established to provide, or make a contract for, commuter rail passenger transportation; or a public or non-profit entity partnering with an eligible commuter authority. An eligible commuter authority must have experienced at least one accident investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2018, and for which the NTSB issued an accident report. Applicants are encouraged to partner with their State DOT to the extent possible.
NOTE: The proposed location of the project is not required to be the location of the accident previously investigated by the NTSB. The proposed location of the project is up to the discretion of the applicant.
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