United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao recently announced a $900 million investment in American infrastructure via the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program (). The awards were granted to 55 projects in 35 states.
The program provides an opportunity for the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to invest in road, rail, transit, and port projects that attempt to achieve important national objectives. “The Administration is targeting BUILD Transportation grants to repair, rebuild, and revitalize significant infrastructure projects across the country,” Chao said.
The 2019 BUILD Transportation grants, for investments in surface transportation infrastructure, were awarded through a competitive bidding process to projects that provide significant benefits to their local or regional communities. The selection criteria used to identify grant recipients emphasized safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, state of good repair, environmental sustainability, innovation, and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders.
The BUILD grants are part of USDOT’s continuing efforts to redress the historic underinvestment in American rural areas. To help accomplish that goal, half of all 2019 BUILD Transportation grants were awarded to rural projects. During this funding cycle, the maximum grant award is $25 million and no state can receive more than $90 million in total awards.
The BUILD program, previously known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grants, has awarded nearly $7.1 billion since 2009 to fund projects with significant local or regional impact. The program enables USDOT to utilize a rigorous merit-based selection process, explore methods for delivering projects faster with lower construction costs, and make necessary investments in our country‘s infrastructure.
Because the transportation industry has shown time and time again that it values profits over safety, programs like BUILD are essential for maintaining the quality of American infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. If you have been injured in a transportation accident, it is critical that you hire an experienced attorney. Please call DBJ today at 1-800-875-5972 for a free consultation.