USDOT accepting SMART Grants applications

May 20th, 2024

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is accepting applications for the third year of its Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program. The SMART Grants Program was made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden on November 15, 2021. As part of the President’s Investing in America agenda, the program will fund […]

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USDOT offering $5.1B in ‘bundled’ discretionary grants

April 15th, 2024

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)  is now accepting applications for approximately $5.1 billion in funding for infrastructure projects of regional or national significance for three major discretionary grant programs. The agency noted that the project application process for those three programs has been “streamlined” into the single Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant Program. The available […]

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USDOT announces $57 million available for innovative finance and asset concession grants

March 14th, 2024

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new program authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Innovative Finance and Asset Concession Grant Program makes $100 million available over five years to assist public entities in facilitating and evaluating public-private partnerships and exploring innovative financing and delivery opportunities for the Transportation Infrastructure […]

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Fall Lobby Days 2023

February 1st, 2024

GMA’s Fall 2023 Lobby Days coincided with the end (November 17) of the first 2023 continuing resolution (CR) that was passed in September ’23 to prevent a shutdown of the U.S. federal government. We were anticipating an exciting week in Washington, D.C., but as we gathered for our preparation meeting the evening before our day […]

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USDOT announces $88.3 million loan for Louisiana connector project

January 4th, 2024

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that its Build America Bureau has provided an $88.3 million loan to the Louisiana State Bond Commission for the benefit of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) to build the LA 415 Connector, a new link between LA 1 and LA 415 at Interstate 10 (I-10) […]

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USDOT issues $645 million in rural transportation grants

December 29th, 2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded $645.3 million from the Rural Surface Transportation Grant or RSTG program to help communities complete transportation projects that will increase mobility, improve safety, and generate regional economic growth in rural areas of the country.  Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT). This is the […]

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USDOT modal leaders discuss IIJA issues at hearing

December 27th, 2023

Leadership from U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) including heads of its highway and transit operating administrations shared their insights on the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) recently during a House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. The leaders testifying at the hearing – held by the House T&I Subcommittee on […]

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$1.5 billion available through 2024 RAISE grant program  

December 18th, 2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $1.5 billion in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for 2024. The popular program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant local or regional impact.  RAISE discretionary grants help […]

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Recorded webinar – Bridge Load Rating and Beyond: FHWA updates

December 15th, 2023

In this webinar, the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Bridges and Structures leadership provides updates on national bridge and tunnel programs. It is the 38th webinar in an FHWA series on Bridge Load Rating. The series objective is to provide awareness and share state of the practice, lessons learned, research advancement, and available resources. […]

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Longest-serving USDOT deputy secretary passes away

November 14th, 2023

Mortimer Downey, the longest serving deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), passed away from pulmonary fibrosis on November 2, 2023 at the age of 87. Mortimer Downey. Photo courtesy of AASHTO. Downey served as USDOT deputy secretary from 1993 to 2001. He was originally appointed to the position at the beginning of […]

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