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During the 2022 NADO Annual Training Conference, Robert Hyman and Alex Clegg shared information about the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and U.S. Department of Transportation programs.

During the 2022 NADO Annual Training Conference, Robert Hyman and Alex Clegg shared information about the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and U.S. Department of Transportation programs.

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  1. 1. Tapping into BIL Funds at DOT Rob Hyman & Alex Clegg – USDOT October 17, 2022 NADO Annual Training Conference Contact Us! rural@dot.gov www.transportation.gov/rural
  2. 2. Introduction to ROUTES Overview of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Technical Assistance Opportunities Beyond the Department of Transportation Agenda
  3. 3. Introduction to ROUTES 3
  4. 4. The Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) Initiative aims to address disparities in rural transportation infrastructure and improve safety, mobility, and economic competitiveness nationwide. Engage Rural Communities through a series of events to better understand the needs and priorities of rural communities and collect essential data from stakeholders representing different communities, groups, workers, and industries to identify solutions. Harmonize DOT Programs to implement rural policy by establishing the ROUTES Council to lead and coordinate Departmental activities to implement BIL and better align new and existing funding, financing, and technical assistance programs with the needs of rural and Tribal communities. Utilize a Whole-of-Government Approach by partnering with other rural-focused federal agencies such as DOE, DOI, and USDA to expand DOT’s presence in rural America, better promote DOT’s resources to their customers, and capitalize on synergies between federal funding programs. The ROUTES Office seeks to: About the ROUTES Initiative
  5. 5. The ROUTES website consolidates DOT’s rural resources in one place. Webinars • Benefit Cost Analyses for Rural Projects • TIFIA Rural Projects Initiative • Transit Resources • National Roadway Safety Strategy Tools and Toolkits • Rural Eligibility Map • Point of Contact Map • Grant Applicant Toolkit • Rural EV Infrastructure Toolkit Funding Opportunities • Active & Upcoming NOFOs • Links to Past Awards Modal Specific Landing Pages Quarterly Newsletters One-Stop-Shop for Rural Resources www.transportation.gov/rural
  6. 6. • Highlights the benefits of EVs for rural areas • Identifies key stakeholders and partners in project planning and implementation • Walks through a project planning checklist and provides technical advice on project scoping, installation, and operations • Compiles helpful tools and resources for cost analysis, charging needs assessment, and equitable planning • Lists federal funding and financing programs and eligibility criteria www.transportation.gov/rural/ev/toolkit Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Funding Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure helps rural stakeholders scope, plan, and fund electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Rural EV Infrastructure Toolkit
  7. 7. • Identifies USDOT discretionary grant funding opportunities for rural transportation projects • Lists grant programs by applicant type and eligible project activities in a USDOT Discretionary Grant Funding Matrix • Illustrates key applicant activities when participating in the USDOT discretionary grants process • Compiles helpful tools and resources for applicants to maximize the potential for award success www.transportation.gov/rural/grants/toolkit Applicant Toolkit for Competitive Funding Programs at USDOT provides user-friendly information and resources to support rural applicants’ understanding of USDOT discretionary grant programs and the funding process. Rural Grant Applicant Toolkit
  8. 8. Mission: To deliver the world’s leading transportation system, serving the American people and economy through the safe, efficient, sustainable, and equitable movement of people and goods. DOT Strategic Plan Goals
  9. 9. Overview of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law 9
  10. 10. BIL Overview for Rural America • $20 Billion over 5 years for rural transportation infrastructure  New rural surface transportation grant program  Increased funding for programs with rural set-asides (including RAISE and INFRA) • Codifies ROUTES Initiative and ROUTES Council • BIL resources  White House Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Playbook  White House Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook  DOT Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Hub 10
  11. 11. Active & Upcoming NOFOs 11 Please note schedule is approximate and subject to change https://www.transportation.gov/rural/funding-opportunities Note: This table does not include all BIL programs or eligible entities, and there are additional nuances not represented in this table. ”PA” means a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function; “Outside UA…” refers to areas not part of Census designated urbanized areas of a given population; *Applicant eligibility explained in greater detail on subsequent slides. Program FY22/FY23 NOFO FY22/23 Funding Rural Set-Aside Rural Definition Eligible Applicants State MPO Local Tribe PA Other NSFLTP OPEN TO 10/24/22 $125 Million n/a n/a * *   SMART OPEN TO 11/18/22 $100 Million 30% Outside UA > 50k      ATTAIN/ATTIMD OPEN TO 11/18/22 $60 Million 20% Outside UA > 50k     CRISI OPEN TO 12/1/22 $1.4 Billion 25% Outside UA > 50k      Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund OPEN TO 1/15/23 $24 Million n/a n/a  Culvert AOP Program OPEN TO 2/6/23 $196 Million n/a n/a    RAISE November 2022 ~$1.5 Billion 50% Outside UA >200k       PROTECT Winter 2023 ~$300 Million n/a n/a       MPDG (INFRA, Mega, & Rural) Winter 2023 ~$2.8 Billion 25% (INFRA) Outside UA >200k       Wildlife Crossings Pilot Winter 2022/2023 ~$60 Million 60% Outside UA > 50k       Charging & Fueling Infrastructure Winter 2022/2023 ~$500 Million n/a n/a      
  12. 12. Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects Program (NSFLTP) 12 Purpose • Construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of nationally-significant projects within, adjacent to, or accessing federal or Tribal lands Funding • $125 Million • Split evenly between Tribal and federal land projects Eligible Entities • Tribal governments • Federal land management agency • State & local governments sponsored by a Federal land management agency or Tribal government Eligible Projects • On a federal lands transportation facility, federal lands access transportation facility or Tribal transportation facility • Facility is not required to be listed in the national Tribal transportation facility inventory or the national Federal lands transportation facility inventory • Must have completed the NEPA process, as demonstrated by a completed record of decision, finding of no significant impact, or categorical exclusion determination • Minimum $12.5 Million eligible project costs (previously $25 Million) Timeline • FY22 NOFO closes OCTOBER 24 Cost Share • Max 100% federal funding (previously 90%) for projects on a tribal transportation facility • Max 90% federal funding for other projects
  13. 13. [NEW] Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) 13 Purpose • Demonstration projects focused on advanced smart city or community technologies and systems to improve transportation efficiency and safety for rural, midsized, and large communities Funding • $100 Million • 30% set aside for rural communities under 50,000 population; 30% for midsize communities up to 400,000 Eligible Entities • State • Local government • Tribal government • Public transit agency or authority • Public toll authority • MPO Eligible Projects • Coordinate Automation • Connected Vehicles • Intelligent, sensor-based infrastructure • Systems integration • Commerce delivery and logistics • Leveraging use of innovative aviation technology • Smart grid • Smart technology traffic signals Timeline • FY22 NOFO closes November 18 Cost Share • Max 100% funding
  14. 14. Advanced Transportation Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN/ATTIMD) 14 Purpose • Promote advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, mobility, efficiency, system performance, intermodal connectivity, and infrastructure return on investment (formerly known as ATCMTD) Funding • $60 Million • 20% rural set-aside Eligible Entities • Local governments • State governments • MPO • Tribal governments Eligible Projects • Deploy, install, and operate advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, mobility, efficiency, system performance, intermodal connectivity, and infrastructure return on investment. Timeline • FY22 NOFO closes November 18, 2022 Cost Share • Max 80% federal funding
  15. 15. Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements (CRISI) 15 Purpose • Improve the safety, efficiency, and/or reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail systems Funding • $1.425 Billion • 25% minimum rural and Tribal set-aside Eligible Entities • States, a group of States, or an Interstate Compact • Public agencies or publicly chartered authorities established by 1 or more States • Political subdivision of a State (e.g. counties) • [NEW] Tribal government • Others (including Amtrak/intercity passenger rail and Class II/II railroads) Eligible Projects • Capital projects (e.g. track, station, and equipment improvements; congestion mitigation; grade crossings; track relocation; and deployment of railroad safety technology) • Regional rail and Corridor service development plans and corresponding environmental analyses • Safety programs and institutes, including workforce development and training activities • [NEW] Measures that prevent trespassing and injuries and fatalities associated with trespassing • [NEW] Research, development, and testing to advance innovative rail projects • [NEW] Preparation of emergency plans for communities through which hazardous materials are transported by rail • [NEW] Rehabilitating, remanufacturing, procuring, or overhauling locomotives, provided that such activities result in a significant reduction in emissions Timeline • FY22 NOFO closes December 1, 2022 Cost Share • Max 80% federal funding
  16. 16. Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund 16 Purpose • Prevent and reduce transportation-related injuries and fatalities on Tribal Lands Funding • $24 Million (FY23) Eligible Entities • Tribal government Eligible Activities • develop and update transportation safety plans • safety data assessment, improvement, and analysis • systemic roadway departure countermeasures • infrastructure improvements and other eligible activities as listed in 23 U.S.C. 148(a)(4) Timeline • FY23 NOFO closes January 15, 2023 Cost Share • Max 100% federal funding for Tribal governments • Max 80% federal funding for all other projects
  17. 17. [NEW] Culvert Removal, Replacement, & Restoration (AOP) Program 17 Purpose • Improve or restore passage for anadromous fish Funding • $196 Million Eligible Entities • States • Local governments • Tribal government Eligible Activities • Replacement, removal, and repair of culverts or weirs that would meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish • Can include infrastructure to facilitate fish passage around or over weirs Timeline • FY22 NOFO closes February 6, 2023 Cost Share • Max 100% federal funding for Tribal governments • Max 80% federal funding for all other projects
  18. 18. RAISE 18 Purpose •Projects with a significant local or regional impact that improve transportation infrastructure Funding •~ $1.5 Billion for FY23 •50% set-aside for projects in rural areas Eligible Entities •States (including DC and territories) •Local governments •Tribal government •Public agency or publicly chartered authorities established by one or more States •Special purpose district or public authority with transportation function •Transit agency Eligible Activities •Highway/bridge projects eligible under title 23 •Public transportation projects •Passenger or freight rail projects •Port infrastructure investments •Surface transportation components of an airport •Any other surface transportation projects considered necessary to advance program goals Timeline •FY23 NOFO expected in late November 2022 Cost Share •Max 100% federal funding for projects in either a rural area, historically disadvantaged community, or area of persistent poverty •Max 80% federal funding for all other projects
  19. 19. Rural Surface Transportation Grants 19 Purpose • Improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas to increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth and improve quality of life Funding • $300 Million for FY22 Eligible Entities • State • Regional transportation planning organization (RTPO) • Local government • Tribal government Eligible Activities • Highway, bridge, or tunnel projects eligible under NHPP, STBG or the Tribal Transportation Program • Highway freight project eligible under NHFP • Highway safety improvement project • Project on a publicly-owned highway or bridge improving access to certain facilities that support the economy of a rural area • Integrated mobility management system, transportation demand management system, or on-demand mobility services Timeline • FY23 NOFO expected in winter2023 (part of MDPG program with INFRA and Mega) • FY22 award announcements anticipated later this year Cost Share • Max 100% federal funding • Max 80% funding from Rural grant
  20. 20. INFRA 20 Purpose •Improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas to increase connectivity, improve the safety and reliability of the movement of people and freight, and generate regional economic growth and improve quality of life Funding •$1.55 Billion for FY22 •25% set-aside for large projects in rural areas •30% set-aside for small projects in rural areas Eligible Entities •State •Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) •Local government •Tribal government •Political subdivision of a state or local government •Special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority Eligible Activities •A highway, bridge, or freight project on the National Multimodal Freight Network •A highway-railway grade crossing or separation project •Marine highway corridor projects functionally connected to NHFN and likely to reduce on-road emissions; •Wildlife crossing projects •Surface transportation projects within the boundaries of or functionally connected to an international border crossing area Timeline •FY23 NOFO expected in winter 2023 (part of MDPG program with Rural and Mega) Cost Share •Max 80% federal funding (exceptions for certain states up to 90%) •Max 60% of INFRA grant funding for future eligible project costs
  21. 21. Other Upcoming New Programs • Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT)  Planning, resilience improvements, community resilience and evacuation routes, and at-risk coastal infrastructure  $1.4B for FY22-26 discretionary grants (additional $7.3B distributed to states via formula) • Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program  Support projects that seek to reduce the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions, and improve habitat connectivity  $350M for FY22-26, with at least 60% set-aside for rural areas • Charging and Fueling Infrastructure  EV charging and alternative fuel stations installation and operation  $1.25B for communities (another $1.25B for designated alt fuel corridors) 21
  22. 22. Technical Assistance and Resources 22
  23. 23. 23 ThrivingCommunitiesInitiative The Thriving Communities programs at DOT and HUD share a common vision: Supporting jurisdictions in designing and deploying their infrastructure investments in ways that support equitable development and benefit residents and businesses through a coordinated approach to connect transportation with other crucial investments like housing. - DOT Notice of Funding Opportunity for $21 million - HUD Notice of Funding Opportunity for $5 million https://www.transportation.gov/grants/thriving-communities Growing community capacity to take transformative projects from concept through to delivery
  24. 24. • Thriving Communities Program (TCP) recognizes the power of local communities to drive innovation if they have the tools to succeed. • The program will provide hands-on support and access to a diverse set of Capacity Builders available to work directly with communities as they build upon local assets to co-design and advance infrastructure projects that address critical social, economic, environmental and mobility needs. • TCP is designed to ensure that communities have the tools needed to access the historic funding provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and deliver good projects. Thriving Communities Program $3.5-6 million 3 Communities of Practice 30+ Communities Available to each selected Capacity Builder Targeted support to Main Streets, Complete Neighborhoods, and Networked Communities Cohorts Receiving support over two years
  25. 25. To Receive Support: Submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) • Deadline to apply: December 6, 2022 • Eligible lead applicants: Local, state, or Tribal governments including pueblos or villages; United States territories; metropolitan planning organizations; transit agencies; other political subdivisions of state or local governments • Requirements: Bring at least two key Community Partners; Identify Geographic Area of Focus (disadvantaged community); Submit LOI via fillable online webform. (No cost to participate) • Learn more: https://www.transportation.gov/grants/thriving- communities/information-for-technical-assistance-seekers Two Opportunities to Participate To be Funded as a Capacity Builder: Respond to Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) • Deadline to apply: November 22, 2022 • Eligible lead applicants: Non-profit organizations; state or local governments and their agencies (such as transit agencies or metropolitan planning organizations); Indian Tribes; philanthropic entities; other technical assistance providers. • Capacity Builder role: Provide two years of direct, individualized deep-dive support to selected communities; contribute to a national Community of Practice; and provide targeted technical support • Learn more: https://www.transportation.gov/grants/thriving- communities/information-for-capacity-builders
  26. 26. • Beta launch: June 30 • 12 “Essential” Decoders • Menu of existing resources • Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Info • Collect feedback / Create Connection • Fully Functional: Fall 2022 • Search Functionality • Additional Essential Guides • Add External Resources https://transportation.gov/dot-navigator DOT Navigator
  27. 27. Grant Application Resources • Overview of DOT Funding and Financing • USDOT Discretionary Grant Process • Understanding Federal Match Requirements • How to Navigate Grants.gov to Submit Applications • Federal Tools to Determine Disadvantaged Community Status • Maximizing Award Success • Is Federal Funding the Right Fit for My Organization? Understanding theTransportation Context • What Is a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA)? • Glossary of CommonTransportation Acronyms • Public Involvement • The Process of MakingTransportation Decisions APPLY FOR DOT GRANTS: 12 “Essential” Decoders https://transportation.gov/dot-navigator DOT Navigator
  28. 28. Choose which type of entity you identify with and then search to see what resources are available to help answer questions or provide training and best practices. •Resources for Local Governments •Resources for State DOTs •Resources for Tribal Governments •Resources for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) •Resources for Transit Agencies •Resources for Other Transportation Stakeholders Including Non-Profits https://transportation.gov/dot-navigator DOT Navigator
  29. 29. Even More Technical Assistance! • Rural & Tribal Infrastructure Advancement  New program in BIL  $10 Million for legal, technical, and financial advisors to help communities prepare to apply for select DOT grants & loans; anticipated later this year  FHWA Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)  51 FHWA supported centers across the US  Training, technical assistance, and technology transfers for local agencies • New! Promising Practices for Meaningful Public Involvement in Transportation Decision-Making  New resource for DOT funding recipients to conduct public involvement in the transportation space  More information here: https://www.transportation.gov/public-involvement 29
  30. 30. Beyond the DOT 30
  31. 31. Rural Partners Network Designates on-the-ground federal staff as “Community Liaisons” to support designated economically challenged communities https://www.rural.gov/ 31 • San Carlos Apache Tribe • Tohono O'odham Nation • Cocopah Indian Tribe Arizona • Southwest Georgia Regional Commission • Ben Hill County • Emanuel County Georgia • Fulton County • Kentucky Highlands Kentucky • Washington County Economic Alliance • Greater Granada - Lake District Partnership • North Delta Planning and Development District Mississippi • Northern New Mexico Pathways Economic Development District • Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments • Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority New Mexico
  32. 32. Energy Communities • Interagency working group led by the Department of Energy to help communities dependent on coal, oil, gas, and power plants revitalize their economies and support energy workers • Gathers resources and information on federal funding opportunities relevant to energy communities • energycommunities.gov/ 32
  33. 33. 33 Mission To accelerate an electrified transportation system that is affordable, convenient, equitable, reliable, and safe. Vision A future where everyone can ride and drive electric.​ Joint Office of Energy & Transportation www.driveelectric.gov
  34. 34. Contact Information www.transportation.gov/rural rural@dot.gov 34
  35. 35. Departmental Priorities 35
  36. 36. • Address known safety problems and vulnerabilities • Protect both motorized and non-motorized users, vulnerable users, and those with known health and safety risks • Reduce occurrence of crashes, injuries, and fatalities, including for underserved, overburdened, or disadvantaged communities • Increase access to truck parking • Increase access to sidewalks and bike lanes • More information available in the DOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy 36 Goals and Examples Departmental emphasis on safety to make our transportation system safer for all people and advance a future without transportation-related serious injuries and fatalities. Example: The project will construct a bridge over Hobbs Creek to connect a rural community. Due to high water, the at-grade roads crossing the creek are closed an average of 25 days each year, and other days they are open but unsafe. Since 1995, eight people have died attempting to cross the creek under high-water conditions, mostly in attempts to access school or urgent health services. Putting out fires, transporting the sick and injured, going to school, and law enforcement are impossible when the water is high, but more than half of the population and two- thirds of residences are on the east side of the creek. This project would eliminate deadly creek crossings and have a significant impact on emergency response.
  37. 37. • Result in high quality job creation by supporting good-paying jobs • Result in workforce opportunities for historically underrepresented groups to support project development • Increase affordable transportation options and system connectivity to revitalize communities • Offer significant regional and national improvements in economic strength by increasing the economic productivity of land, capital, or labor, and improving the economic strength of regions and cities • Improve long-term efficiency, travel time reliability or affordability in the movement of workers or goods, especially for supply chain bottle necks • Enhance recreational and tourism opportunities 37 Goals and Examples Departmental emphasis on economic strength and global competitiveness to grow an inclusive economy and provide reliable and efficient access to resources, markets, and jobs. Example: The project will complete 13.4 miles of rail-to-trail. The project is expected to create up to 70 long-term jobs, and the application mentioned the trail is a keystone project under America’s Great Outdoors program, which supports jobs through travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation activities.
  38. 38. • Increase affordable and accessible transportation choices • Improve access to emergency care, essential services, healthcare providers, treatment and rehabilitation centers • Reduce transportation and housing cost burdens, by investing near public transportation, along rural main streets, or in walkable neighborhoods • Engage diverse people and communities and integrate equity into planning, development, and implementation • Promote hiring of underrepresented populations and includes investments in high-quality workforce development programs • Reduce physical barriers to transportation or create new connections to opportunity • Incorporate Universal Design • More information available in the DOT’s Equity Action Plan 38 Goals and Examples Departmental emphasis on equity to ensure all communities can benefit from funding, especially rural and Tribal communities. Example: The project will construct approximately 2.8 miles of ADA-compliant multi- use path, construct a pedestrian bridge over the Dixon River using the abandoned railroad piers, and resurface approximately 0.8 miles of Dale Drive in Hover Park.
  39. 39. • Reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, or incorporates lower-carbon pavement and construction materials • Explicitly consider climate change and environmental justice in the planning and design stage, particularly in communities that disproportionally experience climate change consequences • Incorporate electrification or zero emission vehicle infrastructure • Reduce air or water pollution, recycles or redevelops brownfield sites • Result in a modal shift that reduces emissions • Promote energy efficiency • Improve the resilience of at-risk infrastructure, including upgrade of projects in floodplains 39 Goals and Examples Departmental emphasis on climate and sustainability to build more resilient and sustainabletransportation systems. Example: A village was relocated due to coastal erosion caused by climate change. This project will install an approximately 30-mile Geocell trail to connect the village to the nearby regional commercial hub, including medical services. The project is environmentally sustainable through its innovative use of Geocell trail infrastructure, resulting in no permanent loss of wetlands and concentrating inter-village travel onto one main route as opposed to affecting large swaths of natural habitat. .
  40. 40. • Use innovative technology, such as automated, connected, and electric vehicles • Adopt innovative practices in contracting, congestion management, asset management, or operations and maintenance • Pursue innovative approaches to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of environmental review and permitting • Incorporate innovative materials or construction processes which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions • Leverage non-traditional sources of funding for transportation infrastructure • Use demand management strategies 40 Goals and Examples Departmental emphasis on transformation and innovation meet the challenges of the present and modernize a transportation system of the future that serves everyone today and in the decades to come. Example: Due to the increasing number of major flooding events, the project generates long-term safety benefits by installing electronic warning signs to keep drivers informed of roadway conditions and vehicles away from flooded roads.

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