The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DoT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced that it has awarded $8.2 billion for 10 passenger rail projects across the country while announcing corridor planning activities that will impact every region nationwide. This investment in America’s nationwide intercity passenger rail network builds on a $16.4 billion investment announced last month for 25 projects of national significance along America’s busiest rail corridor. The current administration has announced a total of nearly $30 billion in investments for the US rail system to date.
Projects announced through the Federal State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (Fed-State National) Program will advance two high-speed rail corridors in California's Central Valley and create a brand-new high-speed rail corridor between Las Vegas, Nevada, and southern California, as well as fund improvements to existing rail corridors for expanded service and performance. These investments include 10 projects in 9 states ready for construction and 69 corridors across 44 states identified for future development through two grant programs funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Corridor ID, a new planning program made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will help guide inter-city passenger rail development throughout the country. This inaugural round of selections aims to upgrade 15 existing rail routes, add or extend service on 47 new routes, and advance 7 new high-speed rail projects, creating a pipeline of intercity passenger rail projects ready for implementation and future investment. FRA will work closely with states, transportation agencies, host and operating railroads, and local governments to develop and build passenger rail projects faster than ever before.