USDOT awards $ 1 billion in RAISE grants


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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

“We are proud to support these [90] big projects that will improve infrastructure, strengthen supply chains, make us more secure, advance equity and tackle climate change, ”said US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who announced the beneficiaries of the program RAISE Discretionary Grants Award on November 19.

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) to distribute nearly $ 1 billion to 90 rail, transit, highway and port projects under the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program; The California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority is one of the beneficiaries.

The movement follows USDOTApril 16 issuance of a funding opportunity notice for the RAISE program for fiscal year 2021 (formerly known as TIGER or BUILD); the deadline for applications was July 12. RAISE is one of the few discretionary programs of USDOT where regional and local governments can directly compete for multimodal transport funding.

The RAISE grants are intended for “planning and capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and have been awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have significant local or regional impact,” the USDOT reported at the announcement of the November 19 award. The program’s selection criteria included safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of repair, innovation and partnerships with stakeholders.

By law, USDOT provides 50% of RAISE grant funding to projects located in rural areas and 50% to urban areas, USDOT said. The maximum grant is $ 25 million, and no more than $ 100 million has been awarded to a single state.

“As in previous years, we received a lot more requests than we could fund: this cycle saw a 10: 1 ratio between requests and available dollars,” said US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “But in the future, with the passage of President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law, we will be able to support many more infrastructure projects to support jobs and daily life in communities across the country. . ” (RAISE is expected to receive $ 1.5 billion per year from the recently signed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.)

RAISE funding has been awarded to 90 projects in 47 states and the District of Columbia and Guam.

Among the rail-related projects receiving grants are:

• Wasco (California) SR 46 Improvement Project (California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority, Wasco, California), $ 24 million: This project will extend approximately 0.4 mile of the SR 46 to a four-lane cross section with approximately 16′-6 “clearance below the BNSF and CHSRA tracks to accommodate trucks; and rebuild the intersection of SR 46-SR43 / J Street into a single lane roundabout. The project also includes ADA accessibility improvements, such as access ramps; stormwater improvements; and the construction of a utility corridor south of SR 46. “This project will eliminate an existing level crossing under the BNSF rail, creating more efficient freight movement,” the USDOT reported. It also “promotes the safety of pedestrians and cyclists by providing dedicated sidewalks and cycle paths”. Total estimated cost of the project: $ 75.6 million.

• South Dakota Freight Capacity Expansion Project (South Dakota Department of Transportation; Pennington, Haakon and Stanley Counties, SD), $ 22 million: This project will complete the necessary track upgrades for a capacity of 286,000 LRGs over 160 miles of Rapid City, Pierre & Eastthe subdivision between Pierre and Rapid City, SD It will replace approximately 87.7 miles of aging railway lines; improve 121 bridge structures; install approximately 80,000 main line ties; replace 11 main line switches; modernize 122 level crossings; and include safety improvements on the line. Total estimated cost of the project: $ 84 million.

• Longview Harbor Industrial Rail Corridor Expansion Project (IRCE) (Port of Longview, Longview, Washington), $ 16 million: This project will increase the capacity of the port’s existing industrial rail corridor. The upgrades include two new sidings of approximately 8,500 feet and the extension of the existing tracks of approximately 1,000 feet to accommodate full-length unit trains. According to the USDOT, “[p]Benefits of the partnership would be generated through collaboration with Washington State Department of Transportation, BNSF and UPRR Railways, Cowlitz County, Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Government, Regional Planning Organization transportation and the town of Longview. Total estimated cost of the project: $ 53.5 million.

• Implementation of new links: modernization of tariffs, district connection points, regional connection platforms and operator comfort stations (New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, Louisiana), $ 18.5 million: This project will provide a new fare collection system, including the installation of collection boxes on streetcars, buses and ferries, as well as ticket machines and related software to enable cashless sales. It also includes a new neighborhood transfer center as well as comfort stations for drivers. Total estimated cost of the project: $ 23.1 million.

• Southwest Chief La Junta Road Restoration Program (Trinidad, Prowers County, Colorado), $ 2.8 million: This project will replace the last 34 miles of unrehabilitated track on Amtrak Southwest Chief road, including 29 miles of bolt-on rail with new Continuous Welded Rail (CWR) and approximately 4.8 miles of integrated CWR; about 15 panel turnouts; and about 20 panel level crossings. Work will take place in Kansas between MP 364 and MP 391 and in Colorado between MP 471 and MP 492. Estimated total cost of the project: $ 23.4 million.

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