USDOT Revising Rules for Grant Programs

The U.S. Department of Transportation is reworking its rules for grants awarded from the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant and Infrastructure For Rebuilding America programs.

The programs fund railroad related projects affecting freight and passenger transportation networks, including highway/rail grade crossings and freight rail and intermodal infrastructure  

DOT has withdrawn notices of available funding that were issued before Jan. 21.

An updated INFRA notice of funding opportunities will be published soon. The guidelines for BUILD grants are expected to be released by April 26.

Changes in grant program rules and priorities often occur when the presidency changes hands.

A new administration reviews whether existing guidelines align with the administration’s philosophies and priorities.

Some observers expect the Biden administration to rework the guidelines to emphasize climate change among other issues.

The FAST Act authorized the INFRA program at $4.5 billion for fiscal years 2016-20, and the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act authorized an additional $1 billion for FY 2021, to be awarded on a competitive basis.

Since 2016, USDOT has selected 94 projects to receive more than $4.1 billion in funding. 

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