U.S. Department of Transportation grant awards

October 21, 2020

Over the last several weeks the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced several highly competitive discretionary grant awards. Below is a list of grants recently awarded to CSG East members.

  • Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program
  • Airport safety and infrastructure grants
  • Safety Research and Demonstration Program and Bus Operator Compartment Program
  • Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program



Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) chose 50 projects in 29 states for Fiscal Year 2020.


It is important to note that rural projects, which have a minimum 25 percent funding requirement under the CRISI Program, received over 60 percent of the funds.


Pine Tree Corridor 286K Capacity and Safety Improvements (Multiple Opportunity Zones)

Springfield Terminal Railway Company (a subsidiary of Pan Am Railways)

Up to $16,876,760

Freight Rail Chestertown Line: Worton Track Safety Project

Maryland Department of Transportation

Up to $2,500,000

Pioneer Valley Bridge Strike Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Safety Project

Pioneer Valley Railroad

Up to $1,797,114
New Hampshire

New Hampshire Northcoast Infrastructure Project (Multiple Opportunity Zones)

New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad

Up to $4,562,905

Martin’s Yard Northeast Corridor Switch Modernization Project (Opportunity Zone)

Maryland Transit Administration

Up to $3,100,000

City of Chelsea Quiet Zone (Multiple Opportunity Zones)

City of Chelsea

Up to $1,130,000



Scranton Area Railroad Improvements (Multiple Opportunity Zones)

Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Co.

Up to $900,000

Rail Pulse: The Realization of Railcar Location, Condition, Health, and Telematics

sensors on the North American Railcar Fleet (Multiple Opportunity Zones) Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Up to $7,895,000


For a complete list of projects visit https://railroads.dot.gov/elibrary/fras-consolidated-rail-infrastructure-and-safety-improvements-crisi-program-fy20-project

Airport safety and infrastructure grants


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award 80 airports in 25 states.


Delaware Airpark (Dover) Airport


Houlton International Airport

New York

Plattsburgh International Airport

New York

Greater Rochester International Airport

New York

Saratoga County Airport

New York

Williamson-Sodus Airport


For a complete listing of projects visit https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/2020_aip_grants/media/FY20-AIP-Grants-Announced.pdf

Safety Research and Demonstration Program and Bus Operator Compartment Program


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has chosen 10 projects in 9 states.


Maryland Department of Transportation

Expand track warning and detection pilot program to five additional stations in the Baltimore Metro system. The technology will instantly alert train operators when someone is on the tracks.

New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Research and analyze trespasser detection at New Jersey Transit highway rail crossings to reduce fatalities. New Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology will gather data and help transit agencies develop trespasser avoidance solutions.

New York

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

Research state-of-the-art bio-mechanics modeling to help save lives with modern, energy-absorbing materials to reduce injuries and fatalities following collisions involving people and trains.


Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Install an automated employee protection system, allowing rail transit workers to enhance their safety while working on the tracks.


International Transportation Learning Center

Redesign a transit bus compartment to improve safety for drivers. By designing a barrier, the compartment will minimize operator assaults and maintain positive passenger interactions through mirrors and lighting.


For a complete listing of projects visit https://www.transit.dot.gov/research-innovation/safety-research-demonstration-program-srd-and-bus-operator-compartment-bcp

Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program


To improve port facilities in 15 states and territories.


Sparrows Point Bulk Expansion Rail Modernization and Berth Rehabilitation Mid-Atlantic Multi-Modal

Transportation Hub

Add additional waterside access, create a bulk import, and export terminal, install a modern gate complex, and upgrade the heavy-duty road network. Upgrade rail connectivity and repair all degraded utilities.


Linking Intermodal Needs and Rural Freight Knowledge – LINK Project

Modernization of gates and scales, improvements to existing warehouses, and rail improvements at a bulk transfer facility to improve the intermodal efficiency of the port. The project is in an opportunity zone.

Rhode Island

Unlocking the South Berth at Pier 1

Reconstruction of the South Face of Pier 1, which involves the replacement of a portion of the face of the pier with a steel pile supported concrete pier structure. Bring the southern berth at the Pier to a state where it can be utilized to accommodate the burgeoning auto import and export industry, bringing the total number of available roll-on, roll-off berths at the Port of Davisville from two to three.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Crown Bay Terminal Improvements Project

Reconstruction and modernization of cargo handling and storage infrastructure at the Crown Bay Terminal. Bulkhead rehabilitation, concrete apron restoration, reconstruction of three cargo storage areas; and security improvements including lighting, fencing and fire protection. Facilitate more efficient cargo movement both into and out of St. Thomas. The project is in an Opportunity Zone.



For a complete listing of projects visit https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-elaine-l-chao-announces-over-220-million-grants-americas

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