DOT Grant Program Tweaked to Emphasize P3s

The U.S. Department of Transportation has changed criteria for an infrastructure grant program to reflect the Trump administration’s desired to use more public-private partnerships.

The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant, set up in 2015, makes about $1.5 billion available to improve an aging national infrastructure.

Under the new guidelines, the DOT will evaluate programs “to align them with national and regional economic vitality goals and to leverage more non-federal funding,” citing a focus on “projects that use innovative approaches to make each the federal dollar go further and encourage more parties to put skin in the game,” HDT Truckinginfo reports.

“We need to take steps to get more bang for the buck,” the agency said in a fact sheet. “By getting more of our partners to use federal funding as a supplement — not a substitute — we seek to increase the amount of overall funding that goes to infrastructure.”

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