State Rail Assistance Program

SRA Project Concepts

CalSTA is posting the 6 project concept descriptions that were submitted by five agencies proposing projects to benefit intercity rail service in California. These project concepts are posted for public review and comment through February 15, 2019. Public comments should be submitted to Full project applications will be submitted by no later than February 15, and announcement of selected projects by CalSTA is anticipated on or about February 28, 2019.

Review SRA Project Concepts: CRCC SRA Project Concepts CCJPA Coast Sub Siding Enhancement Project Description Caltrans SRA Project Concepts RCTC Coachella Valley Tier 2 EIR and Conceptual Engineering Study RCTC Coachella Valley Special Event Train Platform Development Project LOSSAN Corridor Station Signage Project Concept.


State transportation infrastructure will receive roughly half of new SB 1 funding: $26 billion. Click here for more details.

SB 1 Programs

SB 1 augments existing transportation funding programs and creates additional programs that aim to address specific transportation needs across the state. See more details here.

Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP)

Program Overview. See here for details.

Senate Bill 1 created the State Rail Assistance (SRA) Program by directing a portion of new revenue specifically to intercity rail and commuter rail.

  • SB 1 directs a 0.5% portion of new diesel sales tax revenue for allocation: half to the 5 commuter rail providers and half to intercity rail corridors
  • Half of revenue is allocated in equal shares to commuter operators through 2019-20, and via guidelines thereafter (about $10.5M to each total over 3 years)
  • Half of revenue is allocated to intercity rail corridors such that each of the existing three corridors receives at least 25% of the intercity rail share (about $13.1M to each over 3 years)
  • Funding is available for capital and operations

This revenue is estimated to be $25 million in 2017-18, $39 million in 2018-19, and $41 million in 2019-20.  The majority of program funding is directed by statutory formula to rail operators, with guidelines defining process and timeline for agencies to obtain funding.

The State Rail Assistance Call for Intercity and Commuter Rail Project Concepts has closed as of 5 p.m. Pacific Time on January 4, 2019.

2019 Recipients

In March 2019, the California State Transportation Agency announced 6 recipients for $13.1 million in State Rail Assistance program funding. These projects add to the $64.2 million approved in 2019, bring the cumulative SRA awards to $77.3 million for projects. View complete list of projects. 

2018 Recipients

In January 2018, the California State Transportation Agency announced 7 recipients for $51.9 million in State Rail Assistance program funding. These projects, which have a total value of $136 million when including funding from other sources, are focused investments by the state to improve commuter and intercity rail service across the state, reduce air pollution and ease traffic congestion. View complete list of projects. 

In October 2018, California State Transportation Agency approved 6 additional projects to 4 recipients utilizing an additional $12.3 million in State Rail Assistance (SRA) program funding. These projects add to the $51.9 million approved in January 2018, bringing cumulative SRA awards to $64.2 million for projects. A complete list of projects can be found here.

Adopted Guidelines and Allocation Request Form

Guideline Development