Strong BUILD Program Is Critical for Public Transportation Projects

The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, formerly known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, provides critical funding for public transportation infrastructure investments. The BUILD program has funded new transit centers, streetcar lines, vehicle purchases, station renovations, transit signal priority systems and grade separations. These projects not only help enhance mobility, but also can result in positive environmental, safety and economic benefits. The key takeaways of this policy brief are: (1) The BUILD grant program is an extremely valuable resource for the public transportation industry, which depends on grant funds for capital projects. (2) The percentage of BUILD grant funds for public transportation-related projects in Fiscal Years (FY) 2017 and 2018 is substantially lower than the historical average. (3) The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 contains significant changes that should restore balance to the BUILD program. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) encourages the Secretary of Transportation to ensure that public transportation projects receive a fair percentage of annual grants.

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Policy Brief
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 6p

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  • Accession Number: 01710534
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 2019 1:51PM