FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program
The HSIPR Program was created to help address the nation’s transportation challenges by making strategic investments in an efficient network of passenger rail corridors that connect communities across the country. These investments focus on three key objectives:
1. Building new high-speed rail corridors that expand and fundamentally improve passenger transportation in the geographic regions they serve;
2. Upgrading existing intercity passenger rail corridors to improve reliability, speed, and frequency of existing services; and
3. Laying the groundwork for future high-speed rail services through corridor and state planning efforts.
To meet these objectives and realize President Obama’s vision of giving 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail within the next 25 years, FRA has solicited applications for more than $10 billion in grant funding made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and annual appropriations for FY 2009 and 2010. To date, 39 States, the District of Columbia, and Amtrak have submitted applications requesting more than $75 billion—well in excess of the available funding— for projects and corridors in every region of the country.
About the Federal Railroad Administration
“The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 U.S.C. 103, Section 3(e)(1)). The purpose of FRA is to: promulgate and enforce rail safety regulations; administer railroad assistance programs; conduct research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy; provide for the rehabilitation of Northeast Corridor rail passenger service; and consolidate government support of rail transportation activities.”