The Federal Railroad Administration recently launched the Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) Program. This program is meant to facilitate the development of intercity passenger rail corridors throughout the country, and it represents our best chance to plan a national network of fast, frequent and dependable passenger trains. The FRA intends for the Corridor ID Program “to become the primary means for directing Federal financial support and technical assistance toward the development of proposals for new or improved intercity passenger rail services throughout the United States.” Back in March, the Alliance and 245 of our supporters submitted comments about the program. We also detailed the potential of this program to transform passenger rail in the U.S.
As part of the launch of the program, the FRA is encouraging eligible entities to express their interest in using the program by immediately submitting comments. They also anticipate publishing a request for proposals in the last quarter of 2022. We’ll keep you updated as this exciting program takes shape and projects are submitted.