The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications from the states of Alaska, Wyoming, and South Dakota for grants funded under the Appropriations to assist in funding rail Capital Projects under the STC program authorized in 49 U.S.C. 22907(l).
STC funding is available to provide grants to either: (1) States in which there is no Intercity Passenger Rail service, for the purpose of funding freight rail Capital Projects on a state rail plan developed under Chapter 227 of Title 49 of the United States Code (Chapter 227) that provide Public Benefits; or (2) States in which the rail transportation system is not physically connected to rail systems in the continental United States or may not otherwise qualify for a grant under 49 U.S.C. 22907 due to the unique characteristics of the geography of that state or other relevant considerations, for the purpose of funding freight or passenger rail Capital Projects. There are currently four states that either do not have Intercity Passenger Rail service or are not physically connected to rail systems in the U.S.—Alaska, Hawaii, South Dakota, and Wyoming. However, as explained below, only three of these states (Alaska, South Dakota, and Wyoming) are allocated funds under 49 U.S.C. 22907(l).
Projects eligible for funding improve the safety, efficiency, and/or reliability of rail transportation systems. For South Dakota and Wyoming, the projects eligible for the directed funding under this NOFO must be freight rail Capital Projects in those states that are on a state rail plan developed under Chapter 227 that provide Public Benefits.
Estimated Total Program Funding: