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$3.4M in Rural & Tribal Assistance Funding

Posted: 11/28/2023

The USDOT is advancing 13 vital transportation projects that support underserved communities across the U.S. by awarding $3.4M in project funding through the new Rural & Tribal Assistance (RTA) pilot program. 

This funding round covers 3 projects in California:

  • Design of Vasco Road Corridor Safety Improvements 
    Contra Costa County ($320,000)

  • Design of Pedestrian Pathways & Lighting for Connected Communities
    Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation ($315,000)

  • Tribal Transit Feasibility Study for Improved Transit Services
    Karuke Tribe ($40,000)

"The Bureau is excited to work with these new partners to jump-start local projects and better position them to compete for DOT grants and explore innovative funding, financing, and delivery solutions,” said Build America Bureau Executive Director Morteza Farajian. “The response to this funding opportunity was astounding and has highlighted how impactful the Program will be for our rural and Tribal communities. This is just the beginning.”

RTA joins the Thriving Communities Program, the Regional Infrastructure Accelerators, and other new technical assistance opportunities that seek to ensure communities have the tools to access federal funding and financing for transformative infrastructure projects.

Read the full announcement here

Rural & Tribal Assistance

RTA is administered by the Build America Bureau to support early development of transportation solutions in rural & tribal communities with grants funding legal, technical, and financial assistance.

RTA grants require no local match and may be used to hire staff or advisors to assist with early development activities, including feasibility studies, preliminary engineering, environmental review, revenue forecasting, statutory analysis, and negotiation of agreements.

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