Posts Tagged ‘railroad safety grants’

OLI Grants Awarded to Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania

April 24, 2020

Grants totaling $200,525 have been awarded to Operation Lifesaver chapters in 15 states including Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The funds are being provided in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration and will be used for rail crossing safety and trespass prevention public education projects.

Additional funding of $45,000 was provided by the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh and will be awarded to OLI chapters in three additional states.

Other OLI chapters receiving grants are located in California, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas and Washington.

Individual awards will range from $4,500 to $20,000 and were decided through a competitive process, with selection based on criteria such as using federal funds in tandem with private partnerships, targeted messaging and states with an increased number of pedestrian-train incidents and highway-rail collisions.

FTA Has Safety Grants Available

February 16, 2020

The Federal Transit Administration announced last week that $9.3 million in research funding is available for projects aimed at improving transit-rail and bus operator safety.

In a news release, the FTA said the funding includes $7.3 million for projects that demonstrate and evaluate new technologies, safer designs and practices to improve transit-rail safety.

It said $2 million is available for projects that redesign bus operator compartments to improve safety for bus operators and their passengers.

The FTA said the $7.3 million will go toward research projects that mitigate trespassing hazards on transit-rail systems and improve the operational safety of shared corridor fixed guideway systems, including grade crossing safety.

Proposals are due March 24 and eligible applicants include public transportation providers, state and local government entities, nonprofit organizations and colleges.

OLI Chapters to Get Federal Grants

July 26, 2018

The Operation Lifesaver chapters in Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan are among 16 state units to share in $205,525 in grants being awarded by the Federal Railroad Administration.

Each state will receive awards ranging from $1,800 to $20,000 to be used to pay for railroad safety education projects.

The projects will involve a variety of rail-crossing safety and trespassing prevention public education projects in conjunction with Rail Safety Week, which will be observed Sept. 23-29 in the United States and Canada.

Other states receiving grants included Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and South Dakota.

Commuter Rail Agencies Can Seek Grants

February 22, 2018

The Federal Transit Administration said on Tuesday that commuter railroads may qualify for a portion of a recently announced grant program being sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration.

The FTA said commuter rail agencies could use funding from the $73 million FRA program for positive train control, grade-crossing improvement and congestion mitigation projects.

Grants from the FRA program are being awarded on a competitive basis with Amtrak and freight railroads also eligible.

The funding was authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and comes from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.

The FRA said last week it is taking applications for the grant program, which is designed to improve railroad safety.

FRA Has $25M for Safety Grants

April 29, 2016

A pot of $25 million is available from the Federal Railroad Administration to local governments, states and railroads to be used to improve railroad infrastructure in order to promote rail safety.

FRAThe competitive grant program is designed to make funds available for projects involving grade crossings, track, tunnels, bridges, yards and other infrastructure.

The grants are available under the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

“As the country’s population increases, rail will play a larger role in transporting more people and more freight. To do that safely, we must invest in our rail infrastructure,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement.

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