The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program, formerly known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, has provided critical funding for public transportation infrastructure investments. The BUILD program has funded new transit centers, streetcar lines, bus rapid transit projects, vehicle purchases, station renovations, transit signal priority systems, grade separations, and automated vehicle pilot projects. These projects not only help enhance mobility but also can result in positive safety, environmental, equity, and economic benefits.
- The percentage of BUILD grant funds awarded for public transportation-related projects in Fiscal Years (FY) 2017-2020 was significantly less than the historical average.
- The Department of Transportation’s decision to reconstitute the program as the RAISE program and the Biden Administration’s stated priorities offer an opportunity to restore the program to its intended purpose of providing funding to critical multimodal capital investments.
- Given the synergy of these priorities and public transportation, APTA strongly urges the Secretary of Transportation to direct a significantly greater percentage of RAISE grants to vital public transportation projects.