April 27, 2022: FAA Provides First Round of Funds for Air Traffic Control System
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provided the first $1 billion of $5 billion it received into the country’s air traffic control system, which includes hundreds of towers at airports and terminal approach control facilities, which provide air traffic services to aircraft approaching and leaving busy airspace.
April 21, 2022: USDOT Unveils New Program For States
The Federal Highway Administration released guidance and other details for the new state Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) that will provide nearly $6.5 billion through formulas to states for projects aimed at reducing emissions from the transportation sector. The Carbon Reduction Program will fund a wide range of projects designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from on-road highway sources—from installing infrastructure to support the electrification of freight vehicles or personal cars, to constructing Bus Rapid Transit corridors and facilitating micro-mobility and biking. Under the CRP, states must also develop carbon reduction strategies in consultation with Metropolitan Planning Organizations to identify projects and strategies tailored to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their states, although states and localities may begin using the CRP funds even before plans are developed and reviewed. States should be aware that about two-thirds of the funds it receives are required to be sub-allocated to local governments based on population, though the remaining one-third is up to states but projects do require a 20% state share.
April 14, 2022: Transportation Department Unveils Guidance for New Safe Streets Program
The USDOT released guidance for a new program in the infrastructure law--Safe Streets and Roads for All. The discretionary program will provide up to $6 billion in grants over the next 5 years for regional, local, and tribal initiatives to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. Guidance including details of eligible activities and action planning suggestions have been posted to the Department’s SS4A webpage. A Notice of Funding Opportunity is anticipated to be released in spring of 2022, likely in May.
April 4, 2022: USDOT Publishes Upcoming Grant Schedule
The Department of Transportation, at the behest of many groups including NCSL, published a schedule for upcoming grant announcements due to the significant number of new grants and changes to existing grants that were included in the IIJA.
March 29, 2022: White House Announces Nearly $3 billion in Waterways Projects
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced $2.7 billion for over 300 new waterway projects with funding from the IIJA. Some of the larger projects to receive funding include the Upper Ohio River in Pennsylvania for new lock chambers at Emsworth Locks and Dams, The McClellan–Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System and Adams and Denver, Colorado for reducing flood risk and an aquatic ecosystem restoration project.
March 23, 2022: USDOT Announces New Common Application for $3 Billion in Infrastructure Funds
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the availability of nearly $3 billion in FY 2022 competitive grant funding for surface transportation projects that were included in the infrastructure law. The announcement includes three separate and distinct programs though applicants will only have to submit one application for consideration by all three programs. Of the three programs, two are new and one is an existing program. The MEGA program (National Infrastructure Project Assistance) is intended to fund projects that are too large or complex for traditional funding programs, like multijurisdictional and multimodal projects. The program is funded at $1 billion for FY 2022. The other new program is the Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program, which will provide up to $300 million in grants this year. The final program is the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program for freight infrastructure. Created prior to the new law, it received a boost of more than 50%, to about $1.55 billion annually. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg notes the reasons behind the new approach: “It reduces the burden, especially on smaller communities, so that they don't have to develop and pursue multiple applications for multiple programs. And it allows our department to get a more holistic view of the needs and requests across the country so that we can be strategic with the funding that has been entrusted to us.” For all the latest infrastructure updates, be sure to visit NCSLs infrastructure implementation website. Read more.
March 7, 2022: Federal Transit Offers $1.5 billion for No and Low Emission Busses
The FTA announced that there will be nearly $1.5 billion in FY 2022 grants aimed at modernizing bus fleets and bus facilities across the country. The $1.5 billion is the combination of two different programs, $1.05 billion for the Low or No Emission Grant Program and $372 million for the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. Applications are due by the end of May.
Feb 24, 2022: USDOT Provides $1 Billion for Territories
The U.S. Department of Transportaton announced more than $1.14 billion to repair and rebuild roads and bridges in Puerto Rico and four U.S. territories–American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands–under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a 14% increase in funding compared to the funding provided in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The total amount being made available to Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories in FY 2022 is $219 million with $173 million in funding for Puerto Rico and a total of nearly $46 million.
Feb. 22, 2022: USDOT Announces $450 million in Port Funding through Infrastructure Law
The Transportation Department announced the availability of $450 million for competitive grants for ports aimed at improving the flow of goods in and out of U.S. ports more efficiently. The funding marks the single largest distribution of grants ever made through the Port Infrastructure Development Program. Projects will be chosen based on their impact on trade through the ports, as well as their potential to mitigate environmental concerns and advance equity and opportunity.
Feb. 10, 2022: Administration Unveils New Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program
The Department of Transportation and Department of Energy unveiled the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program that was included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. NEVI includes approximately $4.6 billion in grants to states with $660 million available this year, FY 2022, and $1 billion in FY 2023-2026. As part of the announcement, the administration also unveiled a 31-page guidance document clarifying eligible uses of the funds and the steps states must take to access to the funds. This primarily includes submitting a report that establishes how the state plans to use its formula funding. The guidance makes clear that states have the option to work with private sector in many ways from construction to operation and maintenance. There is also a separate competitive grant that will fund EV charging infrastructure, but those funds are not yet available, and it will likely be a few months before grant applications can begin. And while states can apply for those grants, they will be competing with local governments, private and non-profit organizations. Read more.
Jan. 28, 2022: Transportation Department Announces availability of $1.5 billion in Competitive Infrastructure Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the $1.5 billion in competitive grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity discretionary grant program. The program is one of the largest annual competitive grant programs offered by the department. The $1.5 billion available funding for 2022 represents a 50% increase in available funds compared to last year, due to the increase included in the IIJA.
Jan. 25, 2022: Appalachian Highway System Receives Infrastructure Law Funds
The USDOT announced the awarding of nearly $250 million to states for the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), which consists of corridors in 11 states in the Appalachian region. The funding is a result of the new infrastructure law’s 146% increase in ADHS funds compared to FY 2021. Over the life of the bill, the highway system will receive more than $1.2 billion.
Jan. 20, 2022: Army Corps of Engineers Announces Billions in New Projects
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced its FY 2022 spending plan totaling $22.8 billion provided from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the 2022 Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The IIJA included $17 billion to fund existing infrastructure maintenance and to repair ship channels in response to floods and coastal storms, as well as over $5 billion to improve resilience, $4 billion for improvements for coastal ports and inland waterways, and $1 billion for the South Florida Ecosystem (Everglades) Restoration program. Additionally, the Corps directs $5.7 billion in disaster relief funding to repair the impacts of major disasters from FY 2021, as well as to construct flood and storm damage reduction projects, including shore protection. Read the full list of infrastructure projects funded here. Read the full list of disaster relief projects funded here.
Jan. 14, 2022: Federal Highways Releases Funds and Details on New State Bridge Program
The Federal Highway Administration released state formula apportionments for the new national bridge repair and replace program included in the bipartisan infrastructure law. The $27.5 billion program will see FHWA send $5.3 billion for states and $165 million for tribes in 2022. The amounts are based on number of bridges in a state that are in fair (repair) condition or poor (replace) condition. Each state is required to spend at least 15% of its funds on off system bridges (non-highway). For highway bridges, federal funds can cover up to 80% of a projects cost but for non-highway bridges, federal funds can cover 100% of the cost. FHWA guidance will encourage states to repair and replace existing bridges versus new bridge construction. Additionally, for newly constructed bridges or where an existing bridge's deck is replaced, new requirements will come into effect regarding bicycle and pedestrian access. The White House said the bridge program is expected to help replace or repair approximately 15,000 highway bridges.