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: federalregister.gov
Type of Requirement: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM)
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? FRA enforces this standard through its inspection program.
Is there a cost or time impact to grantees (best estimate): Since FRA is proposing to expand the regulation to all train crew members, commuter railroads may experience increased costs.
APTA Comment/Letter: N/A
APTA Staff Advisor: Nathan Leventon, email@example.com