Funding for railroad infrastructure repairs and rehabilitation around the country should create work for a number of construction and engineering firms.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced more than $272 million in grant funding to 10 rail projects in 10 states.  Funding is provided through FRA’s Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (SOGR Program) and will be used to replace bridges, upgrade power systems, expand stations, and make other improvements.

The SOGR Program provides funding to repair, replace, or rehabilitate publicly or Amtrak-owned or controlled railroad equipment, infrastructure and facilities.  The SOGR Program is intended to improve intercity passenger rail performance.  Eligible projects include upgrading infrastructure such as track, switches, bridges, and highway-rail grade crossings; stations; and equipment, including passenger cars.