The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be providing $600 million in grants through the fiscal years 2022 and 2023 Rail Vehicle Replacement Program.
The program provides funding for the replacement of aging railcars on commuter rail, subway systems, and light rail systems. Replacement improves reliability, safety, and accessibility on rail transit systems.
“One-third of subway and commuter rail vehicles are more than 25 years old,” FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez said. “Americans who ride transit deserve a world-class experience, featuring newer, safer, more efficient railcars. Thanks to the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re going to help provide that opportunity.”
Older railcars contribute to increased costs and service delays. In addition, they lack newer amenities such as audio tools that improve the riding experience and accessibility for persons with disabilities and digital signage.
“Every day, millions of Americans rely on assets like subways, commuter rail, and streetcars to get where they need to go – but too often, railcars are decades out of date,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will invest $1.5 billion in additional funding in the Rail Vehicle Replacement Program over the next five years.
Eligible transit agencies and states must apply electronically by Jan. 5.