Tuesday, October 16, 2012
On October 15, MIPRC and the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI) steering committee submitted joint comments into the Federal Railroad Administration’s draft guidance for the state development of rail plans.
The joint submission emphasized four areas:
According to the federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA), signed into law on October 16, 2008, states must develop PRIIA/FRA-approved rail plans in order to be eligible for funding under Section 301, 302 and 501 of the law (these sections became the High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) grant program). During the first rounds of funding, made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and FY 2010 appropriations, Congress waived the requirement, but states will need to complete PRIIA/FRA-compliant plans and update those plans every 5 years in order to be eligible for HSIPR funding in the future.
Read the joint MIPRC/MWRRI comments here.