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USDOT Announces $1 Billion in RAISE Grants

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced nearly $1 billion in infrastructure grants have been awarded through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grants program.

“We’re proud to support these great projects that will improve infrastructure, strengthen supply chains, make us safer, advance equity and combat climate change,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“As in past years, we received far more applications than we could fund: this cycle saw about a ten-to-one ratio of requests to available dollars. But going forward, with the passage of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we will be able to support far more infrastructure projects to support jobs and everyday life in communities across the country."

Funding has been awarded to 90 projects in 47 states and the District of Columbia and Guam. The maximum grant award is $25 million, with no more than $100 million being awarded to a single state.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced nearly $1 billion in infrastructure grants have been awarded through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grants program.

USDOT announced examples of projects representative of the overall grants awarded:

  • RAISE Manchester: Connecting Communities in New Hampshire ($25 million) to reconnect the city’s South Millyard district to surrounding neighborhoods and downtown Manchester;
  • US 64 Corridor Improvements: Improving Tribal Highway Mobility and Safety in New Mexico to reconstruct approximately 21 miles of US 64 ($25 million);
  • West Florissant Avenue Great Streets in Missouri to reconstruct approximately 1.5 miles of West Florissant Avenue, a principal arterial in the Greater St. Louis area, from Stein Road to Ferguson Avenue, through the towns of Dellwood and Ferguson ($18.2 million);
  • Charlotte Multimodal Transit Hub in North Carolina to construct a new multimodal transit center to replace the existing open-air bus terminal in downtown Charlotte ($15 million);
  • The Stitch – Capping I-75/85 in Downtown Atlanta to reconnect the divided Midtown and the Old Fourth Ward communities that were separated from downtown Atlanta by construction of the Downtown I-75/85 Connector and reconnect the local community with pedestrian-orientated, multimodal streets ($900,000); and
  • East Marginal Way Corridor Improvement Project in Seattle to reconstruct a 1.1-mile segment of the East Marginal Way roadway and upgrade the route to Heavy Haul Network standards to help reduce supply chain bottlenecks and improve operations along this important freight route ($20 million).

RAISE Transportation Grants for the 2021 Fiscal Year were awarded on a competitive basis to road, bridge, transit, rail, port or intermodal transportation projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. USDOT awarded 50% of funding to projects in rural areas and 50% to urban areas, per statute.

The RAISE Discretionary Grant program was previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants.

Congress has reportedly invested nearly $9.9 billion for thirteen rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact. According to USDOT, the department has received more than 10,400 applications requesting more than $185 billion for transportation projects since 2009.

Selection criteria for this year included safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, innovation and partnerships with a range of stakeholders.

A full list of Capital Awards can be found here and a full list of Planning Awards can be found here.

2020 BUILD Grants

Last year, then-Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced that the Trump Administration was investing $1 billion into the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

“This Administration is making significant investments in infrastructure, and this $1 billion in BUILD grants will repair, rebuild and revitalize transportation systems across America,” said Chao.

USDOT announced that it was applying for the funding in February. At the time, the DOT said it expected to award 50% grant funding to rural projects that deliver positive benefits for the surrounding communities and are consistent with the ROUTES initiative.

Chao announced that the funding was awarded to 70 projects in 44 states.

The projects that were awarded the maximum amount of $25 million include:

  • I-75/Big Bend Road Mobility and Access Project – Florida;
  • Broadway Avenue Multimodal Improvements – Iowa;
  • Ticonic Bridge Replacement Project – Maine;
  • Gateway 228 Capacity & Safety Improvements, Three Degree and Freedom Road Project – Pennsylvania;
  • Interstate 20 Energy Sector Safety Project – Texas; and
  • North Texas Multimodal Operations, Velocity, Efficiency and Safety Program – Texas.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden signed into law the largest federal investment in infrastructure in more than a decade. 

With the goal of rebuilding the nation’s deteriorating roads and bridges, as well as funding new climate resilience and broadband initiatives, the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act reportedly serves to deliver a key component in President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Projects approved in the legislation, according to the White House’s Fact Sheet, will include:

  • Delivering clean water to all American families and eliminate the nation’s lead service lines ($55 billion);
  • Ensuring access to reliable high-speed internet ($65 billion);
  • Repairing and rebuilding roads and bridges with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, equity and safety ($110 billion);
  • Improving transportation options for millions of Americans and reduce greenhouse emissions through the largest investment in public transit in U.S. history ($89.9 billion);
  • Upgrading airports and ports to strengthen supply chains and prevent disruptions that cause inflation, also creating jobs and reducing emissions ($17 billion);
  • Making the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak ($66 billion);
  • Building a national network of electric vehicle chargers ($7.5 billion);
  • Upgrading power infrastructure to deliver clean, reliable energy and deploy energy technology to achieve a zero-emissions future ($65 billion);
  • Making infrastructure resilient against the impacts of climate change, cyber-attacks and extreme weather events ($50 billion); and
  • Delivering the largest investment in tackling legacy pollution in American history by cleaning up Superfund and brownfield sites, reclaiming abandoned mines and capping orphaned oil and gas wells ($21 billion).

The White House also reports that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, alongside the Build Back Framework, will add on average 1.5 million jobs per year for the next ten years.

“Tonight, we took a monumental step forward as a nation,” President Biden said in a statement following the 228-206 vote. “The United States House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a once-in-generation bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create millions of jobs, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity and put us on a path to win the economic competition for the 21st Century.

“I’m also proud that a rule was voted on that will allow for passage of my Build Back Better Act in the House of Representatives the week of Nov. 15. The Build Back Better Act will be a once-in-a-generation investment in our people.”

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Department of Transportation (DOT); Funding; Government; Grants; Infrastructure; Infrastructure; Mass transit; NA; North America; Port Infrastructure; Program/Project Management; Public Transit; Rail; Roads/Highways

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