First BUILD Grants Emphasize Rail & Rural Infrastructure Needs

BUILD grants are for multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional surface transportation infrastructure projects and fund railway, roadway and transit improvements.

This year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) replaced the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants program with the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development BUILD program and is beginning to release a projected $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding.

BUILD requires that at least 30 percent of funds be awarded to projects located in rural areas and that funding to a single state through the program cannot exceed $150 million, according to Railway Track & Structures (RT&S Magazine). Individual project awards also max out at $25 million.

The publication called it a "good day for railroaders and contractors." Bridges and rail infrastructure across five states were notified of funding -- Oregon, Missouri, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Vermont while Indiana, Ohio and others announced roadway-related infrastructure funding:

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