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Grants to USA Local, Tribal, and State Agencies for Capital Improvements to Railway Systems

Rail Vehicle Replacement Grant Program (RAIL)


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Funding Source
Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration
CFDA Number: 20.525
Funding or PIN Number: FTA-2024-002-TPM-RAIL
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/18/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA local, tribal, and state governments for capital projects to improve railway transportation. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. The purpose of funding is to modernize the railway system by replacing rail rolling stock.

As required by Federal public transportation law, Rail Vehicle Replacement Program funds will be allocated competitively to assist in the funding of capital projects to replace rail rolling stock. FTA may allocate additional funding made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections.

Program Description

Federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5337(f)) authorizes FTA to award grants for the replacement of rail rolling stock through a competitive process, as described in this notice. The Rail Vehicle Replacement Program provides funding to State and local governmental authorities. The Federal Assistance Listing for the program is 20.525. Passenger rail service provides critical and cost-effective transportation links throughout the United States and faces a critical backlog of state of good repair and safety investments. FTA seeks to fund projects to all populations in a project area that create proportional impacts, remove transportation related disparities, and increase equitable access to project benefits, consistent with Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (86 FR 7009).

Eligible Projects

The focus of the grant program is to modernize America’s transit system, focusing on maintaining a State of Good Repair for fixed-guideway rail transit. Under the Competitive Grants for Rail Vehicle Replacement Program (49 U.S.C. 5337(f)), eligible projects are the replacement of rail rolling stock. For the purposes of this program, rail rolling stock is defined as revenue service, passenger carrying vehicles, or propulsion (locomotives) vehicles necessary for the provision of rail public transportation. Replacement is defined as the number of vehicles required to replace the number of vehicles to be removed from service that are substantially the same type. If changing vehicle type (e.g., a commuter rail switching from single level to doubledecker cars), the eligible project is the number of cars necessary to carry an equivalent number of passengers as the substantially same type of replacement would.

These rail vehicles can include, but are not limited to, commuter rail, heavy rail, and light rail vehicles. Up to 0.5 percent of the Federal request may be used to pay for project-related workforce development activities, as long as the Federal share under this program of those workforce development activities is not more than 80 percent. Up to 0.5 percent of the Federal request may be used to pay for project related training from the National Transit Institute (NTI), as long as the Federal share under this program for the related training from NTI is not more than 80 percent.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants for the Competitive Grants for Rail Vehicle Replacement Program are States and local governmental authorities.

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Pre-Application Information
Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV ‘‘APPLY’’ function by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Monday, December 18, 2023.

FTA urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the deadline to allow time to correct any problems that may have caused either GRANTS.GOV or FTA systems to reject the submission.

Prospective applicants should initiate the process by promptly registering on the GRANTS.GOV website to ensure completion of the application process before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s website at https:// applying/applying-fta-funding

Cost Sharing or Matching: Per 49 U.S.C. 5337(f)(5), the Competitive Grants for Rail Vehicle Replacement funding may be up to 50 percent of the total eligible project cost. Other Federal funding, including FTA funding, such as State of Good Repair Program formula funding, may be applied for the project up to a maximum 80 percent Federal share of eligible project costs, per 49 U.S.C. 5337(f)(6).

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
There is no minimum or maximum grant award amount.

Term of Contract
Funds are available for obligation for three years after the fiscal year in which the awards are announced.

Contact Information
Donna Iken
Competitive Grants for Rail Vehicle Replacement Program Manager
FTA Office of Program Management

RFP & Supporting Documents
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