49 CFR 260.7 - Priority consideration.
When evaluating applications, the Administrator will give priority consideration (but not necessarily in the following order) to projects that:
(a) Enhance public safety;
(b) Enhance the environment;
(c) Promote economic development;
(d) Enable United States companies to be more competitive in international markets;
(e) Are endorsed by the plans prepared under section 135 of title 23, United States Code, by the State or States in which they are located; or
(f) Preserve or enhance rail or intermodal service to small communities or rural areas.