High Speed Ground Transportation_Next Generation High Speed Rail Program

To stimulate the implementation of High Speed Passenger Rail Systems.

Examples of Funded Projects

Examples are described in the paragraph on program accomplishments.

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

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Program Accomplishments

This program was initiated in fiscal year 1995, and focuses on technology development in (a) High Speed, High Acceleration Fossil-Fueled Locomotives; (b) Advanced Communications Based Train Control Systems; (c) Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Sensor and Warning Systems; and (d) Low Cost, Innovative Technologies. Federal Register Notice was issued on September 8, 1994, requesting applications for a demonstration of High Speed Positive Train Control (HSPTC) on one or more corridors designated under Section 1010 of ISTEA. Awards totaling $20 million have been made in fiscal 1995 through fiscal year 2001 to the State of Michigan. Awards totaling $28 million have been made to the State of Illinois. Four Advanced Locomotive Awards totaling $12.5 million of Federal funding have been made to the State of New York with 50/50 matching provided by the New York State Department of Transportation. A cooperative agreement has produced a 150 mph turbine-powered locomotive with Federal funding totaling $13 million to Bombardier Transit, Inc. with 50/50 matching by Bombardier. Awards totaling over $20 million have been made to various contractors and States for technology to mitigate grade crossing hazards. In FY 2003, FRA awarded a $4 million cooperative agreement to the Florida DOT for a demonstration of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) Passenger Rail Cars, which fully comply with all current federal standards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects must show a demonstrable benefit to the research, development, design, or ultimate operation of incremental High Speed Passenger Rail Systems.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any United States private business, educational institution located in the United States, State or local government or public authority, or agency of the Federal government is eligible for assistance relating to Next Generation High Speed Passenger Rail Systems.

Beneficiary Eligibility

No restrictions.


As specified in program solicitations and Federal Register Notices.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The FRA will announce specific pre- application coordination activities for each project area in the Federal Register.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

As specified in NOTICES for specific project areas.

Award Procedures

As specified in notices for specific project areas.


As specified in notices for specific project areas.


Departments of Transportation and Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2004; Public Law 108-99; Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Public Law 105-178.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Four to 16 weeks after application.


To Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration.


Grants, cooperative agreements or contracts contemplated in this program are predominantly project-oriented rather than on-going efforts and are therefore non-renewable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable to technology development efforts.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As specified in individual project NOTICES.

Post Assistance Requirements


A final report detailing the work conducted and the progress accomplished will be required for all projects.


For projects assisting States, local governments, and nonprofit organizations in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133. For projects assisting private businesses in accordance with 48 CFR Chapter I Subpart 31.2, Contracts with Commercial organizations. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


In accordance with requirements of the specific project agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0722-0-1-401; 69-9973-0-7-401.


FY 07 $2,529,100; FY 08 est $960,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $7,000,000. Average: $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

DOT Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2002, Public Law 107-87. Prospective applications should note that the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriation Acts and associated congressional report language may have designated applications of program funding. Broad Agency Announcement BAA-2001-02, Funds Availability for Research Projects and Technology Advancements under the NGHSR Program, June 2001.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Office of Railroad Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For technology development activities: (1) Overall scientific and/or technical merit; (2) Degree to which the overall technical effort will advance U.S. High Speed Passenger Rail Technology; (3) Technical qualifications and demonstrated experience of key personnel proposed to perform technical efforts; (4) Administrative qualifications and demonstrated experience of the proposing organization(s); (5) Reasonableness and realism of proposed costs and fee (if any); and, (6) The degree to which Federal funds are leveraged by private, nonfederal, and/or Federal funds from sources other than this program.

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