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Railroad Safety Technology Grants for Positive Train Control (PTC) Program FY 2010, 2014 and 2016


The Railroad Safety Technology Grants Program funds projects that enhance railroad safety by implementing a Positive Train Control (PTC) system or benefiting overall PTC implementation on freight, intercity passenger, and commuter railroads.  See the FY 2010 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO),  FY 2014 NOFO and FY 2016 NOFO for additional information. 

Statutory References:  

  • Section 105 of RSIA (Division A, Pub. L. 110-432) (49 U.S.C. 20158). The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010
  • Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Pub. L. 113–76, January 17, 2014).
  • FY 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Division L, Title I. 


$50 million in FY 2010, $11 million in FY 2015, and $25 million in FY 2016

Eligible Projects

  • The development and deployment of technologies that will lower costs, accelerate implementation, increase interoperability between host and tenant operations, and improve reliability of PTC systems; and
  • The development and deployment of technologies that will eliminate PTC communications interference, provide solutions to configuration management of multi-railroad PTC software and firmware deployments, and provide host-tenant railroad PTC interoperability/system certification. Examples of eligible projects include:
    • Implementation, installation, and testing of PTC systems;
    • Shared PTC infrastructure (e.g., back office systems, computer aided design [CAD] systems); and
    • PTC interoperability advancements, such as pilot programs, standardization committees, development of standard processes, and spectrum acquisition, sharing, and desensitization.

Eligible Recipients:

  • Passenger and freight railroad carriers
  • Railroad suppliers
  • State and local governments