USDOT RAISE Grants heavily favor active transportation:
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced the latest round of RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) grants. In an analysis by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), it was found that grants with an active transportation component made up 80% of this year’s awards.
Many of these projects prioritize connectivity, demonstrating a recognition by the USDOT of the need to create safe, convenient walking and biking routes so people can get where they need to go—whether or not they drive.
The USDOT notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program:
This NOFO combines the 2023 Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program with the new Neighborhood Access and Equity Program into a streamlined, singular application. Up to $3.16 billion in funding is available for both planning and construction projects, including trail and active transportation projects. Projects that remove transportation barriers and better connect communities are great candidates for this funding. Learn more about the new Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods program here.
RTC has a plethora of resources available on their website to understand what funding is available, case studies from successful applicants and more.
This post adapted from a release by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.