Posts Tagged ‘federal transportation grants’

USDOT Announces Grant Opportunities

March 25, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Thursday a $2.9 billion federal grant program for infrastructure projects.

In a news release, USDOT said the program will combine three existing programs, including the  Infrastructure for Rebuilding America,  National Infrastructure Project Assistance  and Rural Surface Transportation Grant into one multimodal discretionary grant opportunity.

USDOT said this will reduce the burden on state and local government applicants and increase the number of “shovel-worthy” projects being funded by money from the Investment in Infrastructure and Jobs Act.

INFRA grants target highway, multimodal freight and rail projects. Last year, USDOT awarded $1 billion in grants from this program but will have $1.55 billion this year.

MEGA grants fund major projects that are too large or complex for traditional funding programs, while RURAL grants support projects designed to improve and expand surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas.

This year the MEGA program will receive up to $1 billion and the RURAL program will award up to $300 million in grants.  

The deadline for applications involving all three grant programs is May 23.

USDOT Taking RAISE Grant Applications

January 29, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking applications for Rebuilding American Infrastructure With Sustainability and Equity grants.

The agency said $1.5 billion is available in RAISE grants for federal fiscal year 2022.

Funding is available for projects involving rail, transit, road and port infrastructure projects.

The application deadline is April 14 with grant winner to be announced no later than Aug. 12.

The RAISE program is the first discretionary funding program to accept applications as directed by the infrastructure program approved by Congress last year.

In a news release, USDOT said the funding for RAISE grants is 50 percent higher than it was for FY 2021.

At least $75 million will be awarded to planning projects and at least $15 million in funding is guaranteed for projects located in areas of persistent poverty or historically disadvantaged communities.

Pittsburgh Agency to get TOD Grant

January 21, 2022

The Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh was one of 20 recipients of Federal Transit Administration pilot program grants in its Transit Oriented Development Planning program.

The agency will receive $560,500 to plan for TOD on a 9.1 mile dedicated bus rapid transit corridor in the Upper Mon Valley.

FTA said in a news release that it will award $11.03 million in grants that support local planning and strategies to increase transit access and encourage ridership through mixed-use and mixed-income development near public transportation projects.

Ten of the projects involve rail public transit. No Ohio projects were selected in this round of funding.

Port of Cleveland Wins $3M USDOT Grant

December 29, 2021

The Port of Cleveland will receive a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

A USDOT fact sheet said the port will use the funding to conduct a comprehensive planning study that will address cargo handling, environmental, and economic development needs, in addition to regional-level planning goals.

The six components of the study will include a market analysis, a terminal capacity analysis, an intermodal connection assessment, a plan for port de-carbonization, a coastal resilience plan, and a regional-level cargo capability study.

The port is overseen by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

The Cleveland port is one of 25 receiving grants from the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program

A USDOT news release said the ports are sharing $241 million in grant funding for fiscal year 2021.

The three-year-old PIDP program providing grants to port facility for freight infrastructure improvements that boost capacity and efficiency.

Other ports receiving grants are located in Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.

Tell City, Indiana, will receive $1.6 million for the Ohio River Pier Project to fund fund construction of a 40-foot diameter pier for a crane that will be used for direct barge-to-truck unloading of cargo. The pier design will allow the crane to operate regardless of water levels.

In Paducah, Kentucky, the Bulk Yard Infrastructure Revitalization and Expansion Project will receive $3,3 million for several related infrastructure improvements at the port.

The improvements modernize the port’s material handling equipment, repair damaged facilities, and upgrade site conditions in the port’s Bulk Yard.

In Alpena, Michigan, $3.7 million was awarded to the city which is partnering with Lafarge Alpena to upgrade and modernize that company’s port and landside shipping facilities to meet the increasing demand for the plant’s construction products.

Project improvements include berth dredging to increase the water depths within the port basin to satisfy larger vessels, stone dock demolition to increase the overall area for vessels to access the site, new mooring dolphins, the addition of a roof for a storage building, demolition of a storage building, and maritime security upgrades.

In Marquette, Michigan, $1.6 million was awarded for a project to improve  port infrastructure, dredge encroaching sediment to protect port infrastructure, and deposit dredge materials on shore to enhance coastal restoration and protect road infrastructure at the Port of Marquette.