The INFRA program provides federal financial assistance to highway and freight projects of national or regional significance. To maximize the value of FY 2017–2018 INFRA funds for all Americans, the Department is focusing the competition on transportation infrastructure projects that support four key objectives:
- Supporting economic vitality at the national and regional level
- Leveraging federal funding to attract other, non-federal sources of infrastructure investment, as well as accounting for the life-cycle costs of the project
- Using innovative approaches to improve safety and expedite project delivery
- Holding grant recipients accountable for their performance and achieving specific, measurable outcomes identified by grant applicants.
This notice’s focus on the four key objectives does not compromise the Department’s position that safety is our top priority. The Department is committed to reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries on the surface transportation system. To reinforce the Department’s safety priority, the US DOT will require projects that receive INFRA awards to consider and effectively respond to data-driven transportation safety concerns. Section F.2.a describes related requirements that the Department will impose on each INFRA project. These requirements focus on performing detailed, data-driven safety analyses and the incorporating project elements that respond to State-specific safety priority areas.
Eligible applicants for INFRA grants are:
- A state or group of states
- a metropolitan planning organization that serves an Urbanized Area (as defined by the Bureau of the Census) with a population of more than 200,000 individuals
- a unit of local government or group of local governments
- a political subdivision of a State or local government
- a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority
- a federal land management agency that applies jointly with a State or group of States.