The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program supports transportation projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. This includes, but is not limited to, capital projects in areas which repair bridges or improve infrastructure to a state of good repair; projects that implement safety improvements to reduce fatalities and serious injuries, including improving grade crossings or providing shorter or more direct access to critical health services; projects that connect communities and people to jobs, services, and education; and, projects that anchor economic revitalization and job growth in communities, and specifically those that help bring manufacturing and other jobs.
Successful BUILD projects leverage resources, encourage partnership, catalyze investment and growth, fill a critical void in the transportation system or provide a substantial benefit to the nation, region or metropolitan area in which the project is located. Eligible BUILD projects include, but are not limited to:
- Highway or bridge projects (including bicycle and pedestrian related projects)
- Public transportation projects
- Passenger and freight rail transportation projects
- Port infrastructure investments (including inland port infrastructure and land ports of entry)
- Intermodal projects
In 2020, the USDOT will also consider applications for the planning, preparation, or design of future BUILD-eligible projects. Activities eligible for funding under BUILD Transportation planning grants are related to the planning, preparation, or design” including environmental analysis, feasibility studies, and other pre-construction activities”of surface transportation capital projects.
Like the FY 2017 TIGER program, the FY 2020 BUILD program will also give special consideration to projects which emphasize improved access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for communities in rural areas, such as projects that improve infrastructure condition, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity or facilitate economic growth or competitiveness. Such projects may concurrently invest in broadband to better facilitate productivity, including through the U.S. Department of Agricultures ReConnect Loan and Grant program, and help rural citizens access opportunities, or promote energy independence to help deliver significant local or regional economic benefit