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The program supports highway and freight projects of national or regional significance. DOT is focusing funds on the following four objectives: (1) supporting economic vitality at the national and regional level; (2) leveraging federal funding to attract non-federal sources of infrastructure investment; (3) deploying innovative technology, encouraging innovative approaches to project delivery and incentivizing the use of innovative financing; and (4) holding grant recipients accountable for their performance.
The program supports capital projects to repair, replace or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets to reduce the state of good repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance. Eligible projects include those replacing existing assets in-kind and with assets to increase capacity or provide a higher level of service; ensuring service can be maintained while existing assets are brought to a state of good repair; and bringing existing assets into a state of good repair.
The program supports research to develop more effective and efficient public transportation services for seniors, individuals with disabilities and low-income individuals. Proposed research should address gaps identified in the applicant’s locally developed Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan.
The program supports highway bridge replacement and rehabilitation projects on public roads demonstrating cost savings by bundling multiple highway bridge projects. Local governments will be eligible to apply through their state transportation agencies.
The program creates awareness and stimulates interest in middle and high school students about educational and career opportunities in transportation. Public and private colleges and universities use these funds to educate middle and high school students about transportation-related careers.
The program supports planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. These funds are meant to enhance any Sec. 5311 funds that tribes receive for public transportation. Sec. 5311 is a formula funding program that funds public transportation initiatives in all rural and small urban areas.
The grantees use these funds for damage prevention program activities focusing on underground pipeline facilities. The funding can be used to establish or improve the overall quality and effectiveness of state damage prevention programs, which are designed to protect underground pipeline facilities from excavation damage.
The program supports states in conducting pipeline safety inspections. State agencies participating in the pipeline safety program are eligible to apply for One Call grant funding on an annual basis. Grantees use these funds for initiatives to further promote efforts specifically for damage prevention, including one-call legislation, related compliance activities, training and public education.
The program improves the condition of the nation’s public transportation bus fleets, expands transportation access to employment, educational and healthcare facilities, and enhances mobility options in rural and urban areas. The agency will prioritize projects that demonstrate how they will address significant repair and maintenance needs, improve the safety of transit systems, deploy connective projects that include advanced technologies to connect bus systems with other networks and support the creation of ladders of opportunity.
The program supports students in pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in transportation-related disciplines. The program objectives are to: (1) to attract the brightest minds to the field of transportation; (2) enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees; and (3) retain top talent in the transportation industry.