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U.S. Department of Transportation: Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Grants Program

Deadline: May 22, 2018

The Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Grants Program will provide operating assistance to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity rail passenger transportation. Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Show completed or nearly completed planning, design, environmental reviews, negotiation of agreements, acquisition of equipment, construction, and other actions necessary for initiation, restoration, or enhancement of service
  • Restore service over routes formerly operated by Amtrak, including routes in the Gulf Coast region between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Orlando, Florida
  • Provide daily or daytime service over routes where such service did not previously exist
  • Include funding or other significant participation by state, local, and regional governmental and private entities
  • Include a funding plan that demonstrates the intercity rail passenger service will be financially sustainable beyond the three-year grant period
  • Provide service to regions and communities that are underserved or not served by other intercity public transportation
  • Foster economic development, particularly in rural communities and for disadvantaged populations
  • Provide other non-transportation benefits, such as livability benefits
  • Enhance connectivity and geographic coverage of the existing national network of intercity rail passenger service

Amount: A total of $4,796,500 is available to make up to six awards. The grant period is for three years.


  • A state (including the District of Columbia)
  • A group of states
  • An Interstate Compact
  • A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more states
  • A political subdivision of a state
  • Amtrak or another rail carrier that provides intercity rail passenger transportation
  • Any rail carrier in partnership with at least one of the entities described above
  • Any combination of the entities described above

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300964

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