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Public procurement localisation
On July 19, 2018 the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation published in the Federal Register a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for consolidated rail infrastructure and safety improvements. This program aims to leverage private, state, and local investments to support safety enhancements and general improvements to infrastructure for both intercity passenger and freight railroads. The NOFO observes that the total funding available for awards is $318,430,337, of which $35,547,000 will be for projects that contribute to the Initiation or Restoration of Intercity Passenger Rail Service. There are no predetermined minimum or maximum dollar thresholds for awards, and FRA anticipates making multiple awards with the available funding. Grantees and entities receiving funding from the grantee must comply with all applicable laws and regulations, which include (among others) the Buy America requirements and the provision deeming operators rail carriers for certain purposes established in existing U.S. law (49 U.S.C. 24405). That law generally provides that, “The Secretary of Transportation may obligate an amount that may be appropriated to carry out this chapter for a project only if the steel, iron, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States.”
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