Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
To fund projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
In general, eligible projects include (1) Deployment of railroad safety technology; (2) Capital projects for intercity passenger rail service; (3) Capital projects that reduce congestion and facilitate ridership; (4) Capital projects that improve short-line or regional railroad infrastructure; (5) Highway-rail grade crossing improvements; (6) Rail line relocation and improvement projects; (7) Regional rail and corridor service development plans and environmental analyses; (8) Enhancement of multimodal connections; (9) Development and implementation of a safety program or institute; (10) Research to advance rail related capital, operations, or safety improvements; and (11) Workforce development and training activities.
Consistent with Biden-Harris Administration priorities, DOT seeks to fund projects that address climate change impacts and environmental justice. Projects should include components that reduce emissions, promote energy efficiency, increase resiliency, and recycle or redevelop existing infrastructure.
DOT encourages applications that would direct resources and benefits towards low-income communities, disadvantaged communities, or communities underserved by affordable transportation. Projects should include components that improve or expand transportation options, and mitigate the safety risks and detrimental quality of life effects that rail lines can have on communities, particularly low-income areas and communities of color. Consistent with the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (R.O.U.T.E.S.) initiative, DOT seeks rural projects that address deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates on rural transportation infrastructure. Accordingly, 25% of funds are available only for rural communities.