Posts Tagged ‘Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development’

USDOT Grants Given New Name

April 15, 2021

First there was TIGER then BUILD and now RAISE. Those are the acronyms given to U.S. Department of Transportation capital spending grants.

The names tend to change when the occupant of the White House changes.

This week USDOT said it is taking applications for Rebuilding American Infrastructure With Sustainability and Equity grants.

The agency has a pot of $1 billion to award in federal fiscal year 2021.

For this round of RAISE grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million and no more than $100 million will be awarded to a single state.

Up to $30 million will be awarded to planning grants. USDOT will award an equitable amount, not to exceed half of funding, to projects located in urban and rural areas respectively.

Maximum awards are capped at $25 million with no more than $100 million being awarded to a single state.

Up to $30 million will be awarded to planning grants with an equitable amount, not to exceed half of funding, to projects located in urban and rural areas respectively.

Applications will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, innovation and partnership.

DOT said that it will give preference to projects that can demonstrate improvements to racial equity, reduce the effects of climate change and create good-paying jobs.

The RAISE program was formerly known as Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development and before that as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program.

The two programs have awarded more than $8.9 billion in grants since 2009.

$21M Federal Build Grant to be Used to Revamp CSX Tracks in Downtown Erie, Pennsylvania

September 18, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $21 million grant to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for a project in downtown Erie that will involve removing some CSX tracks and building a multimodal bridge.

The work is part of the Erie Bayfront Parkway Mobility and Freight Improvement Program that seeks to improve traffic flow.

The $63.8 million project also includes reconstructing three major highway intersections, and creating a bike and pedestrian trail.

The track to be removed is 2,400 feet in length and currently used for freight car storage.

To mitigate the loss of track, the project calls for building a multimodal bridge that will replace two grade crossings.

The bridge will be located adjacent to the Pennsylvania Soliders’ and Sailors’ Home. The project will enable CSX to extend its freight yard further to the east.

Proponents of the project say it will provide better connections between Erie’s central business district with the Lake Erie waterfront and close gaps in a multi-use trail network.

This will, proponents say, increase transportation choices to the waterfront area by removing remove physical barriers.

The federal funds are coming from the Better Using Investments to Leverage Development program.

The same program will also provide $13.5 million for a Kentucky project to replace four bridges on U.S. Route 79 in Russellville, including one over CSX tracks that will increase clearance for trains.

Cleveland RTA Gets Grant for New Rail Cars

September 12, 2020

A Cleveland RTA Red Line car idles at the Hopkins Airport station. The Red Line will be getting new cars thanks to a federal grant. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has received a $15 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to buy new rail cars.

The 34 new cars will be used on the Red line and are part of a project to rebuild the agency’s rail maintenance facility, buy new equipment, and improve stations to accommodate the new cars.

RTA officials have said the cars now used on the Red Line, which runs between Cleveland Hopkins Airport and East Cleveland via downtown Cleveland, have have reached the end of their useful life due to corrosion issues.

Maintaining and replacing obsolete has resulted in maintenance costs that are double that of a newer fleet.

RTA General Manager India Birdsong said in a statement that the grant will be “an extraordinary opportunity” to help modernize its aging rail fleet and “bring our infrastructure into a state of good repair.”

She said the grant puts RTA one step closer to eliminating the risk of losing rail service.

The grant money will come from the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development program.

FTA said BUILD grants totaling $29.2 million are being awarded to advance rail projects.

U.S. DOT Taking Applications for BUILD Grants

February 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking applications through May 18 for the latest round of infrastructure grant funding.

The agency has $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2020 funding available through its Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development program.

The competitive grants are to be used for planning and capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure must have a significant local or regional impact.

BUILD grants can be used to fund projects in rail, transit, ports, intermodal and other modes of transportation.

U.S. 30 Project gets Ohio’s Only Build Grant

November 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday the awarding of $900 million in federal BUILD grants for 55 transportation infrastructure projects in 35 states including one project in Ohio.

That project involves rebuilding U.S. 30 in Canton.

Only a handful of rail-related projects were funded in the latest round of Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants.

In a news release, DOT said the grants were awarded on a competitive basis to projects with a significant impact on their local or regional communities.

The U.S. 30 project received $18 million that will be used on the $116 million project to build a three-mile freeway extension from Trump Avenue to Ohio Route 44.

Eventually U.S. 30 will be improved to freeway standards to the West Virginia border.

No BUILD grants were awarded for any Michigan projects. Pennsylvania received two grants, including $18 million to build a cargo facility at Pittsburgh International Airport.

A grant of $12.6 million was awarded to reopen the PATCO Speedline rail station at Philadelphia’s Franklin Square.

The station was built 1936 but has been closed since 1979 because of low ridership.

The $25.2 million project will make structural, mechanical and electrical improvements, and to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The Indiana Department of Transportation received a $16 million grant to build a new interchange on Interstate 65 northwest of Indianapolis. Two other existing interchanges in the vicinity will be rebuilt or modified.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation received $20 million to widen Interstate 64 in Charleston between the U.S. 35 and Nitro interchanges.

Two Kentucky highway projects also received BUILD grants. A $10.2 million grant was awarded to rebuild 6.3 miles of U.S. 460 in Paris from Russell Cave Road to the U.S. 27 bypass.

A $9.8 million grant was awarded for the development of the 13.4-mile Heartland Parkway in Taylor and Marion counties.

TIGER Giving Way to BUILD

April 24, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation is replacing the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program with another program to be known as BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development).

A DOT notice published last week said BUILD funding will be evaluated on safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnership and additional non-federal revenue for future transportation infrastructure investments factors.

The agency said it plans to award at least 30 percent of BUILD grants to projects located in rural areas.

BUILD grants can be used for road, bridge, transit, rail, port or intermodal projects. Projects must demonstrate that they will have a “significant local or regional impact.”

The DOT notice said the agency has $1.5 billion in discretionary grants to award through Sept. 30, 2020, through BUILD.

The initial round of BUILD grants will be limited to a maximum award of $25 million with no more than $150 million being awarded to a single state.

The TIGER program was introduced in 2009.