Keep up with essential planning news and commentary, delivered to your inbox every Monday and Thursday.
$1.5 Billion in BUILD Grants Announced
"U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding to 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia," according to a U.S. Department of Transportation press release. "The grants are made through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Grants program and support road, rail, transit, and port infrastructure projects across the country."
Savvy readers will recall that BUILD grants were announced as a replacement for TIGER grants back in summer of 2018.
According to the press release, and immediate difference between TIGER and BUILD is in the latter's investments in rural communities. "In this round, in which 59 percent of the applications were for rural projects, 62 projects were awarded to rural grant applications," according to the release.
The press release also includes a complete list of grant winners.
Update: Michael Laris provide news coverage of the BUILD grant funding announcement for The Washington Post. Also, Angie Schmitt provides analysis of the news for Streetsblog USA.