WHAT DOES IT FUND? The Port Infrastructure Development Program provides financial assistance for port and intermodal infrastructure-related projects. Eligible projects should improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port, as well as the unloading and loading of cargo at a coastal seaport including phytosanitary facilities. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Port authorities, a commission or its subdivision or agent under existing authorities, states or political subdivisions of a state or local government, tribal governments, public agencies or publicly chartered authorities established by one or more states, special purpose districts with a transportation function, multistate or multijurisdictional entities, and lead entities as described above who are applying jointly with a private entity or a group of private entities 

WHEN'S IT DUE? September 16, 2019 

WHAT DOES IT FUND? The purpose of the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed route bus operators, states or local governmental entities that operate fixed route bus service, and Indian tribes

WHEN'S IT DUE? June 21, 2019

WHAT DOES IT FUND? Formerly known as the TIGER grant program, the BUILD program supports surface transportation projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: highway, bridge, or other road projects; public transportation projects; port infrastructure investments; and intermodal projects. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? 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 
WHEN'S IT DUE? July 15, 2019
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program provides funding to improve the condition and quality of existing passenger ferry services, support the establishment of new passenger ferry services, and to repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities and equipment. Click here for more information.
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Designated recipients or eligible direct recipients of Section 5307 funds, which include public entities engaged in providing a public transportation passenger ferry service in urbanized areas. 
WHEN'S IT DUE? April 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program that includes more than $318 million in grant funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.

FRA seeks to collaborate with private, state and local investments on rail projects.  Grants will assist projects that improve intercity passenger and freight rail transportation safety, efficiency, and reliability. This program does NOT fund positive train control systems deployment; PTC was funded under a separate NOFO published in May.

The CRISI grant program directs at least 25 percent of available funds towards rural communities.  Also, selection preference will be given to projects with a 50% non-federal funding match from any combination of private, state, or local funds. The Department will also consider how well the project aligns with key Departmental objectives including supporting economic vitality; leveraging federal funding; preparing for life-cycle costs; using innovative approaches to improve safety and expedite project delivery; and holding grant recipients accountable for achieving specific, measurable outcomes.

FRA will host a webinar on August 8, 2018; a link to the webinar is here

Applications for capital projects funding under this solicitation are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT, up to 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. The NOFO is here.

The US Department of Transportation released a guidance document on completing a benefit-cost analysis (BCA) associated with BUILD grant applications.  The PDF document is here.


DOT notes the information provided in applicant BCAs will be used to help ensure that the available funding under the programs is devoted to projects that provide substantial economic benefits to users and the nation as a whole, relative to the resources required to implement those projects. DOT staff has noted in application debriefs that applicants should utilize BCA information within the application narrative to strengthen the case for the project rather keep the BCA and the narrative separate.