The purpose of the RCE program is to fund highway-rail or pathway-rail grade crossing improvement projects that focus on improving the safety and mobility of people and goods. The RCE program provides a federal funding opportunity to improve American rail infrastructure to enhance rail safety, improve the health and safety of communities, eliminate highway-rail and pathway-rail grade crossings that are frequently blocked by trains, and reduce the impacts that freight movement and railroad operations may have on underserved communities.


Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity:

The U.S. Department of Transportation published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $573 million in grant funding through the Railroad Crossing Elimination discretionary grant program on July 6, 2022.



Important NOFO details:


Eligible Applicants

  • State 

  • MPO

  • Local Gov’t. or group of Local Gov’ts.

  • Tribes

  • Public Authority

  • Political subdivision of a State


Eligible Projects

  • Grade separation or closure, including through the use of a bridge, embankment, tunnel, or combination thereof

  • Track relocation

  • Improvement or installation of protective devices, signals, signs, or other measures to improve safety related to previous bullet points

  • Other means to improve the safety and mobility of people and goods at highway-rail grade crossings (including technological solutions)

  • Group of related projects related to previous bullet points that would collectively improve the mobility of people and goods

  • Planning, environmental review and design of an eligible project


Program Objectives

  • Safety

  • Equitable Economic Strength and Improving Core Assets

  • Equity and Barriers to Opportunity

  • Climate Change and Sustainability

  • Transformation of Our Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure

  • Eliminating Crossings and Making Corridor-Wide Improvements

  • Geographic Diversity



  • $573 million for FY2022



  • 10/04/22 - Applications due