The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have announced the availability of $24 million in grant funding to initiate, restore, or enhance intercity passenger rail service for the country.
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$10 million will be available for any eligible interested parties, with the remaining $14 million restricted to certain projects.
Expected to enter service from 2020, the new rolling stock will increase seating capacity and improve accessibility for disabled passengers.
The FRA has pledged more than $326 million in a bid to improve railway infrastructure across the U.S., with nearly a third of this going to rural projects.
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The funding is expected to assist U.S. projects in repairing, replacing or rehabilitating publicly-owned railroad assets.
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