Posts Tagged ‘Transportation grants’

PennDOT Taking Rail Program Grant Applications

July 28, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation  is accepting grant applications for its Rail Transportation Assistance Program  and Rail Freight Assistance Program.

RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds while RFAP is underwritten through the Multimodal Fund created by Act 89.

Applications for both programs are available on the dotGrants website until Aug. 20.

During the 2020 grant period, PennDOT awarded $31 million for 26 freight-rail projects.

House Budget Bill Boosts Transportation Spending

July 20, 2021

The House Appropriations Committee last week approved a spending bill for fiscal year 2022 that would boost spending on transportation programs over FY2021 levels.

The bill, known as the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies legislation provides an increase of $1.9 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

USDOT is allocated $105.7 billion in budgetary resources, a 22 percent increase above the FY2021 enacted level ($86.7 billion) and the President Joseph Biden’s FY2022 budget request of $87 billion.

Among the spending levels authorized for transportation programs are:

• $1.2 billion for National Infrastructure Investments, a 20 percent increase from FY 2021. It includes $20 million for Transportation Planning Grants to assist areas of persistent poverty, a 100 percent increase over FY 2021. An additional $100 million is included for a new grant program to “spur thriving communities nationwide.”

•$4.1 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration, up 46 percent from FY 2021. This includes $625 million for the new Passenger Rail Improvement, Modernization, and Expansion (PRIME) grant program “to support projects that improve, expand or establish passenger rail service”; $500 million for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program, a 33 percent increase from FY 2021; $2.7 billion for Amtrak, a 35 percent boost over FY 2021, which includes $1.2 billion for Northeast Corridor Grants and $1.5 billion for National Network Grants.

• $15.5 billion for the Federal Transit Administration, including $12.2 billion for Transit Formula Grants to expand bus fleets and increase the transit state of good repair; $2.5 billion for Capital Investment Grants to construct more than 23 new transit routes nationwide, a 22 percent increase above the FY 2021 enacted level and equal to the president’s budget request; and $580 million for Transit Infrastructure Grants to purchase more than 300 zero-emission buses and 400 diesel buses, and to support “transformative research for transit systems,” which is a 12 percent increase above FY 2021.

PennDOT Awards $45.9M in Intermodal Project Grants

April 20, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded $45.9 million in grant funding for 43 highway, bridge, rail, bike and pedestrian projects in 21 counties.

The grants were awarded from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Among the recipients was McConway & Torley, which received $929,341 for a bulk material transport project to receive and process material deliveries by rail car in Allegheny County.

Projects were selected based on criteria such as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.

The next round of multimodal grant applications will open in September.

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.

PennDOT Accepting Grant Applications

April 9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Office of Public-Private Partnerships is taking proposals for transportation projects from the private sector.

The submission period, which extends through April 30, applies to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure.

Proposals should offer innovative ways to provide transportation across a variety of modes, including rail, roads, bridges, ports and aviation.

In a news release, PennDOT said applicants can suggest more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs.

The private sector can also submit applications for non-PennDOT-owned assets directly to the board overseeing the public-private partnerships program.

Transportation entities outside of the governor’s jurisdiction, such as transit authorities, can establish their own timelines or accept proposals year-round.

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. 

FRA Extends Passenger Grant Application Deadline

December 24, 2019

The deadline for a passenger rail grant program overseen by the Federal Railroad Administration has been extended to Feb. 5, 2020.

FRA had $24 million in Restoration and Enhancement Grants for “initiating, restoring, or enhancing intercity passenger rail service.”

The money was authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.

The deadline had been Jan. 5, 2020, but was extended by a month after another $1.92 million was authorized by Congress for fiscal year 2020.

That brings the total amount of available grant money for the program to $26.3 million.

Funding in the program can be used for staffing, fuel, electricity, station expenses, rolling stock lease payments, routine planned maintenance, host railroad access costs, train yard operation and administrative costs.

Grants may be awarded to states (individually or collectively), cities and other government entities, Amtrak and other intercity passenger rail companies.

By law the FRA must give priority by application type, including those supporting projects that “foster economic development, expand transportation options in under served communities, and restore former Amtrak routes.”

Pennsylvania Agency OKs Transportation Plan

August 20, 2018

A new 12-year transportation plan has been adopted by the Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission and it is offering $63.9 billion in funding for improvements to railroads, transit systems, roads, bridges and airports.

The new program, which is effective on Oct. 1, allocates $9.62 billion for public transit, $319 million for multimodal and $228 million for freight-rail projects during 2019 through 2022.

From 2023 through 2026, the plan calls for $8.3 billion to be available for public transit, $348 million for multimodal and $229 million for freight rail. From  2027 through 2030, the plan calls for $9.25 billion for transit, $391 million for multimodal and $229 million for freight rail.

The projects depend on the availability of funding, which state transportation officials anticipate will come from a combination of federal, state and local dollars.

State law requires the commission to review and update the 12-year program every two years. No capital project can move forward unless it is included in the program.

The plan will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for review and approval. The Federal Highway Administration coordinates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the plan’s conformity with air quality requirements.

Ports of Indiana to Benefit From DOT Grant

August 8, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed nearly $79 million in grants for freight-related rail, port and roadway infrastructure projects under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.

One of those grants would involve $9.85 million to the Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor for enhanced intermodal facilities with rail and truck marshaling yards projects.

Once completed, the project would allow the Ports of Indiana to increase its cargo-handling capacity.

The project includes construction of a new 2.3-acre bulk berth facility, a truck-barge-truck conveyer system, a new westside rail yard and new rail connection that will connect the port’s main terminal with the new rail yard; dockside improvements, and construction of a truck marshaling yard.

DOT sent a notice to Congress on Aug. 2, thereby starting a 60-day period during which Congress could vote to disapprove the proposed projects if it finds a project objectionable.

The proposed awards would be distributed under the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies grant program, which the Trump administration now refers to as the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program.

DOT is accepting applications until Nov. 2 for fiscal year 2017 large projects and FY2018 large and small projects under the INFRA grants program.

DOT Revamps FASTLANE Grant Program

July 1, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation has reworked a grant program to focus on freight-related infrastructure projects that receive some funding from the private sector and other non-federal sources.

Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-Term Achievement of National Efficiencies, better known as FASTLANE, has been renamed Infrastructure for Rebuilding America and will make $1.5 billion available for infrastructure projects.

In a news release, DOT said the grant guidelines have been revised to “evaluate projects to align them with national and regional economic vitality goals and to leverage additional non-federal funding.”

INFRA grants will also be used for safety-oriented projects.

For a large project, the INFRA grant must be at least $25 million. For a small project, the grant must be at least $5 million. For each fiscal year of INFRA funds, 10 percent of available funds are reserved for small projects and at least 25 percent of funding will go toward rural projects.

The FASTLANE program was authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act to provide competitive grants or credit assistance to nationally and regionally significant freight and highway projects.