Historic Transportation Infrastructure Funding Opportunities for Arizona

The U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, or Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) signed into law last year brings a historic $550 Billion in infrastructure investment to the U.S. So, what does the new law mean for Arizona? In this article, we delve into BIL federal transportation funding opportunities in Arizona and how this will pave the way to bringing jobs and economic growth to all corners of the state.

Transportation projects make up the majority of initiatives being funded by the BIL, and they are concentrated in key areas including: roads and bridges, passenger and freight rail, airports, public transit, and electric vehicles (see Figure 1 for a breakdown of types of transportation projects funded by the BIL). Our summary below provides information on key BIL funding opportunities in Arizona in these top categories.

Want to see how your company can tap into these federal dollars as they make their way to cities and towns in Arizona? Contact us to learn more.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Transportation Funding Opportunities in Arizona

Roads and Bridges
In Arizona there are 132 bridges and more than 3,193 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 11.1% in Arizona, and on average, each driver pays $614 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. Arizona can expect to receive:
$5.3 billion in Federal highway formula funding for highways and bridges. On an average annual basis, this is about 28.4% more than the State’s Federal-aid highway formula funding under current law.
• $117 million in formula funding to reduce transportation-related emissions, in addition to about $133 million over five years to increase the resilience of its transportation system.
• $78.9 million in funding to augment their commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety efforts to reduce CMV crashes, and $36 million in formula funding for highway safety traffic programs that reduce deaths and injuries from motor vehicle-related crashes.

Electric Vehicles
The law invests $7.5 billion to build out the first-ever national network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in the United States and is critical to accelerating the adoption of EVs to address the climate crisis and support domestic manufacturing jobs. Arizona would expect to receive:
$76 million to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state.

Public Transportation
The law funds up to $108 billion for public transit over five years to improve healthy, sustainable, safe, and equitable transportation options. Arizona would expect to receive:
$903 million to improve public transportation options across the state. In the first year, this represents about a 32% increase over 2021 FAST Act formula transit funding levels.

Rail
The BIL includes $102 billion to eliminate the Amtrak maintenance backlog, modernize the Northeast Corridor, and bring world-class rail service to areas outside the northeast and mid-Atlantic.
• Arizona will be eligible to compete for $10 billion for rail improvement and safety grants and $5.5 billion for grade crossing safety improvements.”

Airports
• Airports in Arizona would receive approximately $348 million for infrastructure development for airports. This funding will address needs to improve runways, taxiways and airport-owned towers, terminal development projects, and noise reduction projects.

In addition to these expected funding streams, state, local, and tribal governments will also have a chance to apply for a variety of new and expanded competitive grant programs dedicated to implementation priorities such as: transit vehicle modernization and clean energy transition; equity; resilience; safety; and freight, ferry, bridge, transit, smart cities, and airport projects.

For more information on funding opportunities, visit the, U.S. Department of Transportation’s BIL Fact Sheet for Arizona.

Figure 1 – BIL Transportation Funding Breakdown

Published On: April 27th, 2022Categories: Legislative News, Molera Alvarez News

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Historic Transportation Infrastructure Funding Opportunities for Arizona

The U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, or Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) signed into law last year brings a historic $550 Billion in infrastructure investment to the U.S. So, what does the new law mean for Arizona? In this article, we delve into BIL federal transportation funding opportunities in Arizona and how this will pave the way to bringing jobs and economic growth to all corners of the state.

Transportation projects make up the majority of initiatives being funded by the BIL, and they are concentrated in key areas including: roads and bridges, passenger and freight rail, airports, public transit, and electric vehicles (see Figure 1 for a breakdown of types of transportation projects funded by the BIL). Our summary below provides information on key BIL funding opportunities in Arizona in these top categories.

Want to see how your company can tap into these federal dollars as they make their way to cities and towns in Arizona? Contact us to learn more.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Transportation Funding Opportunities in Arizona

Roads and Bridges
In Arizona there are 132 bridges and more than 3,193 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 11.1% in Arizona, and on average, each driver pays $614 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. Arizona can expect to receive:
$5.3 billion in Federal highway formula funding for highways and bridges. On an average annual basis, this is about 28.4% more than the State’s Federal-aid highway formula funding under current law.
• $117 million in formula funding to reduce transportation-related emissions, in addition to about $133 million over five years to increase the resilience of its transportation system.
• $78.9 million in funding to augment their commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety efforts to reduce CMV crashes, and $36 million in formula funding for highway safety traffic programs that reduce deaths and injuries from motor vehicle-related crashes.

Electric Vehicles
The law invests $7.5 billion to build out the first-ever national network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in the United States and is critical to accelerating the adoption of EVs to address the climate crisis and support domestic manufacturing jobs. Arizona would expect to receive:
$76 million to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state.

Public Transportation
The law funds up to $108 billion for public transit over five years to improve healthy, sustainable, safe, and equitable transportation options. Arizona would expect to receive:
$903 million to improve public transportation options across the state. In the first year, this represents about a 32% increase over 2021 FAST Act formula transit funding levels.

Rail
The BIL includes $102 billion to eliminate the Amtrak maintenance backlog, modernize the Northeast Corridor, and bring world-class rail service to areas outside the northeast and mid-Atlantic.
• Arizona will be eligible to compete for $10 billion for rail improvement and safety grants and $5.5 billion for grade crossing safety improvements.”

Airports
• Airports in Arizona would receive approximately $348 million for infrastructure development for airports. This funding will address needs to improve runways, taxiways and airport-owned towers, terminal development projects, and noise reduction projects.

In addition to these expected funding streams, state, local, and tribal governments will also have a chance to apply for a variety of new and expanded competitive grant programs dedicated to implementation priorities such as: transit vehicle modernization and clean energy transition; equity; resilience; safety; and freight, ferry, bridge, transit, smart cities, and airport projects.

For more information on funding opportunities, visit the, U.S. Department of Transportation’s BIL Fact Sheet for Arizona.

Figure 1 – BIL Transportation Funding Breakdown

Published On: April 27th, 2022Categories: Legislative News, Molera Alvarez News

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