Grant Funding

A rider waits on the platform of the Sox-35th station on the CTA Red Line in Chicago.

$2 Billion Federal Grant for Red Line Extension Project to Chicago’s South Side

A plan to extend the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Red Line 5.6 miles to the south won a $2 billion grant from the federal government.

September 12, 2023 - ABC 7 Chicago

Two adults stand behind a table, gesturing toward a model of a city while talking to a young child about buildings and parks and streets.

An Urban Planner Dedicated to Winning the Funding Necessary to Do the Work

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July 10, 2023 - James Brasuell

Three bridges span the Ohio River between Covington and Cincinnati.

$1.6 Billion for Ohio River Bridge Included in Latest Federal Grant Announcements

The Biden administration this week spanned the country to announce over $2 billion in grant funding for bridge projects.

January 5, 2023 - The White House

Map of proposed project area

$1.5 Billion Awarded for Transportation Projects, Including $100 Million to Remove a Detroit Freeway

The latest round of federal infrastructure funding includes the largest contribution to emerge, so far, from the 2021 infrastructure bill for the removal of an urban freeway.

September 19, 2022 - U.S. Department Of Transportation

HUD

Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants Announced for 5 U.S. Cities

A federal grant program designed to support holistic and socially-focused planning projects at the neighborhood level has announced the winners of its most recent round of competitive grant funding.

June 2, 2021 - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

San Jose BART Station Plan

Social Media Critics Roast Plans for Downtown San Jose BART Station

Critics panned new renderings for the 28th Street/Little Portugal station on the planned BART extension into San Jose.

May 23, 2021 - The Mercury News

Biden administration

New RAISE Grant Program Replaces BUILD Grants at the U.S. Department of Transportation

The policy whiplash from the Obama administration to the Trump administration and now to the Biden administration continues.

April 14, 2021 - U.S. Department Of Transportation

Proterra Electric Bus

Studying AI's Potential to Optimize Public Transit Systems

Three projects are underway to optimize the efficiency and cost of public transit systems, thanks to government funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

October 29, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Raleigh, North Carolina

Richmond-to-Raleigh High-Speed Rail Gets Big Funding Win

Federal grant funding awarded recently takes a critical step toward making high-speed intercity rail service a reality between North Carolina and Virginia.

September 27, 2020 - The News & Observer

Electric Bus

First: Grant Enables Automated Transit Buses in Connecticut

CTtransit will work with Robotic Research LLC, New Flyer of America, and the Center for Transportation and Environment to be the first public transit provider in the United States to operate full-sized, autonomous buses.

July 1, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Bus Stop

What $454 Million in Bus Facility Funding Pays for in the United States

Spoiler alert: not much.

February 4, 2020 - Streetsblog USA

Highway Construction

$225 Million in Federal Funding for Rural Bridge and Highway Projects Announced

The U.S. Department of Transportation this week announced the recipients of $225 million in project funding under the Competitive Highway Bridge Program. The program is reserved for projects located in mostly rural states.

August 30, 2019 - U.S. Department Of Transportation

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Feds Release Capital Investment Grants for Three Rail Transit Projects

Three major public transit projects in the western United States received a major infusion of funding from the federal government this week.

July 12, 2019 - Progressive Railroading

Recreational Vehicle

$1.5 Billion in BUILD Grants Funding for Transportation Projects Awarded

The U.S. Department of Transportation has favored grant funding for rural communities under the Trump administration.

April 23, 2019 - U.S. Department Of Transportation

Portland, Oregon

$1.36 Billion in Federal Transit Administration Grants Awarded

The Federal Transit Administration announced a new round of funding for the Capital Investment Grants program last week.

April 15, 2019 - Federal Transit Administration

Homeless Services

HUD Announces $2 Billion in Grant Funding for Local Homeless Programs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is renewing program support for thousands of local programs that offer support and assistance to the homeless.

January 28, 2019 - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Two Brothers Walk to School

Safe Routes to School Have New Funding Opportunities in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced the first round of funding for the Safe Routes to School Competitive Grant Program.

January 18, 2019 - Bike Portland

Road Construction

$1.5 Billion in BUILD Grants Announced

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced funding winners for the BUILD grant program, which replaced TIGER this year. The differences between the two programs are immediately obvious.

December 12, 2018 - U.S. Department Of Transportation

Multi-Modalism in New Orleans

New Orleans Seeking Funds for Big Protected Bike Lane Plans

With a $2.6 million grant already in hand to research the process of planning and developing protected bikes, the city of New Orleans is seeking more funding in the hopes of adding 75 miles of protected bike lanes.

October 31, 2018 - The Times-Picayune

Electric Bus

Federal Transit Administration Awards $84.5 Million for Electric Buses

The Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program has awarded funding to encourage the "deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies."

September 1, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

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