Move Ahead Washington Railroad Crossing Program

The Move Ahead Washington (MAW) Railroad Crossing Grant Program funding is to match federal funds for city and county projects which eliminate at-grade highway-rail crossings.

Call for projects: Closed - Friday, July 29, 2022

Funding available: $5,000,000 MAW state funds

Only jurisdictions that successfully receive a federal award from either the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) or the newly created Railroad Crossing Elimination Program. See the applicable Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) or the Railroad Crossing Elimination Program for more details.

NOTE: The Move Ahead Washington (MAW) funds will not be released unless federal funds are also awarded. Also, if a federal grant is not awarded, the MAW funds will be rescinded and carried over to a future biennium.

Program purpose

The 2022 Washington State Legislature included a state funded Railroad Crossing Grant Program in the Move Ahead Washington (MAW) transportation investment package. The MAW Railroad Crossing Grant Program funding is to match federal funds for city and county projects which eliminate at-grade highway-rail crossings. The funding was added to the MAW package to provide “match” to those agencies who apply for funding through the federal Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) or the newly created Railroad Crossing Elimination Program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, the city, county, or local partner must be eligible and intend to apply for either the federal CRISI program or the Railroad Crossing Elimination Program. WSDOT will provide a conditional award letter for the state funds to include in their federal grant application, as a match. However, the funds will not be released to a jurisdiction unless federal funds are also awarded.

Selection process

  • All properly submitted applications will be reviewed to ensure they are complete and eligible for funding.

Other requirements

  • There is a maximum funding of $5,000,000 available The match funds will be dependent upon the size of the successful federal projects and the corresponding match needed.
  • Projects must comply with all necessary federal and state requirements as detailed in the Local Agency Guidelines Manual and the applicable federal program.
  • Project recipients must report semi-annually on the status and expenditures of each project.
  • Project costs incurred prior to federal fund obligation are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Agencies that do not actively pursue the awarded project are at risk of the project being cancelled and the funds reprogrammed.

Application form

A completed application form (DOCX 51KB) is required. Include all projects the agency is requesting to be funded at that crossing. Applications must include:

  • General project information.
  • A vicinity map showing the locations of all improvements/countermeasures/projects.
  • A conceptual plan and cross section showing the existing and final configurations for infrastructure improvements/countermeasures.

Application forms must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM on Friday, July 29, 2022 by email to HLPGrants@wsdot.wa.gov.

*Note: Paper submittals will not be accepted. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

**Note: If the call for projects or application are needed in an alternative format, please make that request using the contact information.

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