FRA Launches Grant Program to Fight Trespassing

The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking to reduce trespassing on railroad property through a grant program.

The agency recently posted a notice of funding opportunity for the Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program with awards of $150,000.

The objective of the program is to cut trespassing safety-related incidents.

The grants would be awarded to law enforcement agencies for regular and overtime wages to assist communities at risk for rail trespassing related incidents and fatalities.

In its notice, the FRA said “funding under this NOFO is limited to hourly wages for law enforcement officials to enforce trespassing laws at rail trespass hot spots within their respective jurisdictions or at areas that demonstrate a rail trespassing problem in their community on FRA-regulated track. Enforcement Activities may include investigating incidents of trespassing, as well as providing warnings and citations to the trespassers.”

State, county, municipal, local and regional enforcement agencies are eligible applicants under this notice.

Those government entities must have at least one mile of FRA-regulated railroad track within their jurisdiction.

Applications for the grants are due by 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 23, 2019.

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