The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has made 1.5 billion USD available in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant programme for 2023.

RAISE grants support critical freight and passenger transportation infrastructure projects across the US.

Recent examples of funded projects include a critical bridge replacement in Tucson, safety enhancements along the Florida East Coast Railway/Brightline corridor and an extension of the California High-Speed Railway project.

Brightline celebrates its previous federal RAISE grant award
US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said:

The historic investments the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing today will help communities across the country modernise their transportation. After decades of underinvestment in America’s infrastructure, we are supporting projects that help people and goods get where they need to go more safely, efficiently, and affordably.

In 2022, RAISE funded 166 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands.

This year’s Notice of Funding Opportunity NOFO will build on this success by continuing to prioritise safety, environmental sustainability, mobility and community connectivity and quality of life.

Half of the funding will support projects in rural areas, while half will go towards projects in urban areas. In addition, at least 15 million USD is guaranteed to advance projects in Areas of Persistent Poverty or Historically Disadvantaged Communities.

The US DOT is encouraging applicants to consider how projects can address climate change, ensure racial equity and remove barriers to mobility.


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