Opportunity number
Department of Transportation (DOT)
BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) Transportation Discretionary Grants
Due date
July 15, 2019
Project funding
$25 million, and no more than $150 million can be awarded to a single State
Program funding
Funding size
$5M to $25M

BUILD: Transportation Discretionary Grants

RFP Summary provided by the agency

New investment is necessary to grow rural economies, facilitate freight movement, improve access to reliable and affordable transportation options and enhance health access and safety for residents. To address these rural transportation infrastructure needs, DOT intends to award a greater share of BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant funding to projects located in rural areas that align well with the selection criteria than to such projects in urban areas.

What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

Eligible projects for BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants are capital projects that include, but are not limited to:
(1) Highway, bridge, or other road projects eligible under title 23, United States Code;
(2) public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Appropriations Act allows up to $15 million for the planning, preparation or design of projects eligible for BUILD Transportation funding.
Activities eligible for funding under BUILD Transportation Planning Grants are related to the planning, preparation, or design—including environmental analysis, feasibility studies, and other pre-construction activities—of surface transportation projects. Research, demonstration, or pilot projects are eligible only if they will result in long term, permanent surface transportation infrastructure that has independent utility as defined in Section C.3.iii. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications only for eligible award amounts.

How do you submit to this opportunity?

Applications must be submitted to Grants.gov. Instructions for submitting applications can be found at www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants along with specific instructions for the forms and attachments required for submission.

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments.
Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and must identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact, and also identify the primary recipient of the award. Each applicant in a joint application must be an Eligible Applicant. Joint applications must include a description of the roles and responsibilities of each applicant and must be signed by each applicant.

Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

PROJECT NAME: LINK Tulsa (Leveraging Intelligent Networks & Key-Corridors) Project

This project will install fiber optic/broadband cables connecting approximately 42 traffic signals and 60 bus rapid transit (BRT) stations to the Tulsa Traffic Management Center (TMC) as well as outfit approximately 42 intersections with transit signal priority (TSP). The project includes the installation of approximately 15 CCTV cameras at critical intersections for use by the TMC and transit dynamic messaging signs at approximately 36 BRT stops. The project will also make ADA compliant improvements to area crosswalks.

The project will provide the city with technology to better manage its transit systems, maximizing the performance of existing transportation infrastructure. The installation and use of the fiber/broadband cable to connect traffic signals and BRT stations to the city’s emergency services will address safety and capacity issues as well as reduce operating costs. The use of TSP will improve bus travel time and reliability, and dynamic messaging signs will improve user experience by providing real-time reliable updates for passengers.

(ii) Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

APPLICANT/SPONSOR: Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
BUILD GRANT AWARD: $10,853,192

The project will provide autonomous transit shuttles, transit waiting environments, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, green infrastructure such as permeable surfaces and LED lighting, streetscaping, and way-finding to connect anchor institutions such as Youngstown State University, Mercy Health, Youngstown Business Incubator, and Eastern Gateway Community College.

The project includes upgraded pedestrian safety features such as crosswalks and High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) and preempted signals, as well as dedicated bicycle lanes. The project includes state of good repair benefits such as an asset management strategy for the road network, as well as upgrading sidewalks, crosswalks, and signals to bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Environmental protection benefits include green infrastructure improvements that will reduce storm-water related vulnerabilities, including flooding, and LED lighting that will require less energy than the current high-pressure sodium lamps in the project area. The project will connect key economic institutions in the city and spur redevelopment in the downtown area, improving economic competitiveness. The project includes innovative technologies such as autonomous shuttles that will operate in a dedicated shuttle lane, as well as the installation of fiber optic conduit to facilitate high-speed broadband and enable roadway data collection. www.transportation.gov/buildgrants Urban

(iii) Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

PROJECT NAME: Gateway Boulevard (CR 106) Improvement Project – Phase II
APPLICANT/SPONSOR: City of Tea, South Dakota

The project will widen and reconstruct approximately 1.3 miles of 271st Street (Lincoln County Road 106) from the Heritage Parkway intersection to the Interstate 29 interchange as a 4-lane divided roadway with pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, sewer upgrades, street lighting, and adaptive traffic signals.

Converting the existing 3-lane rural section roadway into a 4-lane divided urban section with sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure, implementing controlled access for driveways and approaches, and adding adaptive traffic signals will decrease traffic congestion and minimize the likelihood of crashes. Adding travel and intersection turn lanes will improve traffic flow, especially during peak hours, and travel time for freight and residential traffic. The project also reduces travel time.

(iv) Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

PROJECT NAME: Las Vegas Medical District Automated Circular and Connected Pedestrian Safety Project
APPLICANT/SPONSOR: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
PROJECT COST: $7,388,664

This project will provide autonomous and connected vehicle service, pedestrian safety devices, and smart transit shelters to the Las Vegas Medical District. Additional ITS improvements include pedestrian detection software at intersections, GOVegas app improvements which will extend green light time for pedestrians and Wi-Fi improvements throughout the project area.

The installation of pedestrian detection systems at signalized intersections and uncontrolled crossings will address pedestrian injuries and fatalities. The project’s deployment of automated vehicles and intelligent transportation systems can be used as a best practice and learning tool for other communities looking to implement these types of technologies. The project is a part of an overall strategy to address the land-use and design characteristics that contribute to excessive vehicle speeds in the Las Vegas Medical District.

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