Key highlights on regulations, policies, and program funding for the transportation professional
Earlier this year, the U.S. DOT announced the award of more than $2.2 billion from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) program to help urban and rural communities move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal transportation and make our transportation systems safer, more accessible, more affordable, and more sustainable. The 2023 notice of funding opportunity can be found here.
This year’s allocation includes another $1.5 billion thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which funds an additional $7.5 billion over five years for the program to help get moving across the country. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg lauded the availability of new funding: “We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible, and more sustainable.”
The RAISE program is a competitive grant program for investments in surface transportation infrastructure that will have a significant local or regional impact. RAISE Grant Funds were authorized under the Local & Regional Assistance Program of BIL. Where traditional federal programs provide funding only to very specific groups of applicants—such as State DOTs or transit agencies—RAISE grants are available to a much broader audience that includes municipalities, counties, port authorities, tribal governments, and MPOs, allowing local agencies/authorities to apply for grant funding directly from the federal government. The USDOT has published official criteria to classify a project pertaining to Areas of Persistent Poverty or Historically Disadvantaged Communities, which can be found here.
A total of $1.5 billion is available for the FY 2023 RAISE grant program. These funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, per statute, for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will improve:
Eligible applicants for RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants include:
Each party in a joint application must be an Eligible Applicant. Joint applications must include a description of the roles and responsibilities of each project party and be supported in writing.
The closing date for applications is February 28, 2023.
Several agencies in the state of California are already putting RAISE grants to use. Among the largest recipients is the California High-Speed Rail Authority, which received a maximum $25M to advance their project beyond the 119-miles currently under construction all the way into downtown Merced.
Another California award included $15M for the Inglewood Transit Connector Project, a fully electric, elevated and automated people mover that travels over the historic Inglewood market district to connect the nearly completed Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line, the new stadium, and local communities.
$23M for Howard Street in San Francisco to encourage safe/equitable mobility
$20M for grade separations to speed truck access at the Port of Los Angeles
$15M for Building a Better-Connected Inland Empire in the city of Fontana
$15M for Yuba-Sutter Transit Authority to build a new bus operations, maintenance, and administration facility
$5M for Sacramento to develop Mobility Zones throughout the region
$1.6M for a Connected Communities Project in the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation to create pedestrian and bicycle paths and improved crossings around Highway 101
Details on the full list of awards from around the country can be found here
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