The Crisi Program, authorised by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (Fast) Act, funds projects that improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail systems.

North Carolina Department of Transportation has been awarded up to $US 34.9m for the Piedmont Atlantic Intermodal Rail System, which will expand freight service from the Port of Wilmington to Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Southern Rail Commission has been awarded up to $US 32.9m to restore intercity passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Mobile.

Up to $US 30m has been awarded for improvements at the Fullerton Junction Interlocking on the BNSF San Bernardino Subdivision. The project, overseen by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, consists of multiple track and signal improvements, including constructing a 7.7km-long third mainline track.

In Missouri, Terminal Railroad Association of St Louis has been awarded up to $US 28.7m for the MacArthur Bridge rehabilitation project, while the Illinois Department of Transportation has been awarded up to $US 19m for the WA11-Dolton Junction Interlocking project.

Florida Department of Transportation will receive up to $US 17m to mitigate freight train-vehicle/pedestrian conflicts in Jacksonville, while in the north east Pan Am Railways mainline upgrades and rail crossing safety improvements have been awarded up to $US 17.4m.