Posts Tagged ‘federal grants’

2 Ohio Projects Receive Infrastructure Grants

September 22, 2021

Two Ohio projects will receive special consideration from the U.S. Department of Transportation Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program.

The projects are eligible to apply for credit assistance for up to 49 percent of costs.

The projects are City of Cincinnati, Western Hills Viaduct Replacement Project; and Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Route 7 grade crossing improvement.

Also designated was the Indiana Department of Transportation for the U.S. Route 36 Modern Rockville Road Project.

In a news release, USDOT said the Ohio and Indiana projects were among 44 projects that made it to the final round for funding under the 2021 INFRA competitive grant program, but were not awarded due to a combination of overwhelming demand for INFRA grants and limited funds.

Instead they will be designated as INFRA Extra projects and eligible to receive a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act credit.

USDOT received eligible INFRA applications from 42 states and Guam seeking a collective $6.8 billion in grant funds. That was nearly seven times more than the $1 billion available.

NOACA Lands Federal Grant

September 21, 2021

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency has received a $295,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Regional Infrastructure Accelerators program.

The funding will be used for project planning, studies and analysis, and preliminary engineering and design work.

In news release, USDOT said the work in Northeast Ohio will include for an intermodal facility, airport access improvement, an improved road to a health care facility and a pedestrian connection.

No other details were provided. The grant was one of five announced by USDOT.

The news release said the program seeks to accelerate project delivery through a variety of ways, including project planning, studies and analysis, and preliminary engineering and design work.

FRA to Take Applications for CRISI Grants

August 27, 2021

The Federal Railroad Administration will be taking application soon for the fiscal year 2021 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety grant program.

The agency plans to publish on Aug. 31 a notice of funding opportunity. This year’s grant program has $362 million to award to eligible projects.

To be eligible applicants must demonstrate that their projects reduce congestion; address highway-rail grade crossings; upgrade short line and regional railroad infrastructure; relocate rail lines; improve intercity passenger rail capital assets; target trespassing; enhance multi-modal connections; and facilitate service integration between rail and other modes, such as at ports or intermodal facilities.

FRA officials said applications will be evaluated on how they foster safety and equitable economic strength; improve core assets and ensure racial equity and economic inclusion; address climate change and resilience; and modernize the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

A quarter of the grant money is set aside for rural projects, another $75 million is for projects that support the development of new intercity passenger rail service routes, including alignments for existing routes; and $25 million is earmarked for capital projects and engineering solutions targeting rail trespassing.

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.

USDOT Taking INFRA Grant Proposals

February 19, 2021

Applications are being taken by the U.S. Department of Transportation for 2021 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grants.

This year’s applicants will compete for shares of the pot of $889 million that is available.

In a news release, USDOT said INFRA grants can be used to pay for transportation projects of national and regional significance that are in line with the Biden administration’s priorities, including creating good-paying jobs, improving safety, applying transformative technology and explicitly addressing climate change and racial equity.

Grants will be issued for large projects, defined as of at least $25 million, and small project, defined as of at least $5 million. 

UDOT said it is looking for projects in which the local sponsor is significantly invested and positioned to proceed rapidly to construction. 

The agency also has created the INFRA Extra Program, which will identify competitive applicants who do not receive an INFRA award.

Such applicants will be authorized to seek a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 1998 loan for up to 49 percent of their project cost.

Grant applications are being accepted through March 19.

FTA Has Low Emission Project Grants Available

February 14, 2021

The Federal Transit Administration is taking applications for a share of the $180 million in Low Or No Emission Grant Program.

The competitive program provides grants for the acquisition by sale or lease of what FTA described in a notice of funding opportunity as low- or no-emission vehicles and supports facilities that use advanced technologies to provide cleaner, more energy efficient transit operations. 

FTA said that it will give priority to applicants who provide an environmental justice component in their applications as well as those that will support workforce development activities to help America’s transit workers succeed.

Eligible applicants include public transit agencies, state transportation departments and Native American tribes.

Applications are due by April 12.

USDOT Revising Rules for Grant Programs

February 4, 2021

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. 

FTA Awards Grant for South Shore Project

December 21, 2020

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District has been awarded a $49.4 million federal grant to help pay to double track the South Shore Commuter line.

The grant came from the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grants program.

It was one of seven grants totaling $544.3 million that were awarded last week by the agency.

The CIG program provides funding for major transit infrastructure capital investments nationwide that help improve transit access.

The NICTD grant will be used on a project to install a second track for 26.6 miles between Gary and Michigan City, Indiana.

The project is in the engineering phase of the CIG program.

Amtrak Keystone Line Signals Getting Upgrade

November 18, 2020

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is working with Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to upgrade signaling and train control systems between Paoli and Overbrook on the Keystone Line

The line extends from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station to Harrisburg, and hosts Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service trains.

Between Philadelphia and Thorndale, the line also hosts SEPTA’s Paoli-Thorndale regional rail services.

In a news release, Amtrak said the new equipment will “enable greater operational flexibility and higher operating speeds, as well as help reduce delays.

SEPTA obtained a $15.9 million federal grant last month that will make the signaling work possible.

Federal Grant Awarded to Improve Keystone Line

October 29, 2020

Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have received a $15.9 million federal State of Good Repair grant that will be used on the Keystone Line.

The project involves signal upgrades on the Amtrak-owned line that is used by the intercity passenger carrier’s Keystone Service and Pennsylvanian trains.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority trains also use the line.

The work will occur between Paoli and Overbrook and allow for bidirectional train movement on all tracks and higher operating speeds.

The line is owned by Amtrak.