The foundation for the HSIPR Program is contained in two pieces of legislation: the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) (pdf 52.3kb) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery Act).
PRIIA, passed in October 2008, established three new competitive grant programs for high-speed and intercity passenger rail capital improvements. In February 2009, President Obama signed the Recovery Act into law, appropriating $8 billion for these new high-speed and intercity passenger rail grant programs.
In December 2009, Congress appropriated an additional $2.5 billion for the HSIPR Program in the FY 2010 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act. This funding will supplement projects funded under the Recovery Act and invest in new planning, engineering, and environmental studies, individual capital projects, and large-scale service development programs.
Applications and Selections*
To date, the Federal Railroad Administration has conducted two rounds of application solicitations for HSIPR Program funding. In 2009, FRA received 259 grant applications from 37 States and the District of Columbia requesting nearly $57 billion in funding – far exceeding the initial $8 billion available under the Recovery Act. In this first round of solicitations, 82 applications from 31 States and the District of Columbia were selected for funding. View a list of FY09/ARRA received and selected applications. (pdf 270kb)
In 2010, FRA received 132 grant applications from 32 States for FY 2010 and remaining FY 2009 annual appropriations. In this second round of solicitations, 54 applications from 23 States were selected for funding. View the list of FY10 selected applications. (pdf 106kb)
* On December 9, 2010, the US DOT redirected High-Speed Rail funding. The FRA is in frequent contact with staff from each State's Department of Transportation, and will work cooperatively to resolve any necessary changes to scope, schedules, and budgets to complete grant agreements. Once these adjustments are determined, HSIPR materials will be updated accordingly. For more information, click here.
*Reprinted from the Federal Railroad Administration website: www.fra.dot.gov/rpd/passenger/2325.shtml