Rule/Notice/NOFO:  Federal Railroad Administration (FRA): Advancing High-Speed Rail Projects Intended for Operations Over 160 Miles Per Hour Through Domestic Sourcing Plans and Buy America Compliance

Federal Register/Notice:

Type of Requirement: Notice

Description:  FRA is issuing this notice to encourage development of high-speed rail (HSR) system projects intended for operations over 160 miles per hour by establishing a streamlined process for reviewing domestic sourcing and workforce plans. Specifically, this notice summarizes FRA’s intent to invite HSR project sponsors to voluntarily submit for review, in advance of receipt of DOT funding, their domestic sourcing and workforce plans. This notice provides further clarification to the December 7, 2022, Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program, which stated that FRA expects all applicants to comply with Buy America requirements without needing a waiver. This notice provides further detail on the recommended content of these materials. This notice also serves as an RFI to assist with planning a U.S. domestic content High Speed Rail Industry Exchange Day (Industry Day).

How is it enforced by FTA, DOT, Direct grant requirement, triennial review or other? N/A

Is there a cost or time impact to grantees (best estimate):  N/A

APTA Comment/Letter: N/A

APTA Staff Advisor: Art Guzzetti,

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