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Railroads applaud Grade Crossing funding opportunity, encourage States to apply

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for more than $573 million in competitive grant funds to enhance safety and eliminate grade crossings. While in 2020 grade crossing collisions were down 39% since 2000, much more work remains to ensure driver and pedestrian safety near the rail tracks.

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Ian Jefferies

“These funds are a vital, new tool that will save lives and reduce driver delays,” said AAR president and CEO Ian Jefferies. “States and other eligible entities are positioned to strategically deploy these dollars and maximize the program’s impact. These types of investments from the bipartisan infrastructure package are win-wins for everyone that enhance safety, reduce driver wait times and keep goods moving across the country.”

More information about the Railroad Grade Crossing Elimination Program is on the FRA’s program fact sheet and in the newly release NOFO.

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