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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Key Programs under the Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations
On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act(IIJA)(Public Law 117-58, also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”) into law. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and economy in our Nation’s history. It provides $550 billion over fiscal years 2022 through 2026 in new Federal investment in infrastructure, including in roads, bridges, and mass transit, water infrastructure, resilience, and broadband.
This web site will be your one-stop shop for information about the portions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law related to the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Operations. We will add information on a regular basis as implementation progresses, and we invite you to visit the site often.
For further information about all the FHWA-related sections of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, please visit https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/. For additional details regarding the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including provisions that impact other agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation, please refer to the USDOT site at https://www.transportation.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law.
Note: ATTAIN was previously named the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Program under the FAST Act. For past ATCMTD milestones under the FAST Act, go to the FHWA Office of Operations FAST Act webpage here: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/.
Congestion Relief Grant Program
The Congestion Relief Grant Program is a new program created as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will fund projects in the most congested, highly populated metropolitan areas of the United States. The goals of the program are to reduce highway congestion, reduce economic and environmental costs associated with that congestion, including transportation emissions, and optimize existing highway capacity and usage of highway and transit systems.
Program Manager: Frank Corrado, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Motor Vehicle Per-Mile User Fee Pilot (IIJA Section 13002)
The National Motor Vehicle Per-Mile User Fee Pilot enacted under Section 13002 of the IIJA will establish a pilot program to demonstrate a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee pilot test to (1) restore and maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF); and (2) improve and maintain the surface transportation system. The Secretary of Transportation is establishing a Federal Systems Funding Alternate Advisory Board to assist with A) providing the Secretary with recommendations related to the structure, scope, and methodology for developing and implementing the pilot program; B) carry out the public awareness campaign; and C) developing reports to Congress.
The DOT/FHWA is in the process of taking the first steps in establishing the Advisory Board. In response to an inquiry as to the status of the program, FHWA Administrator Shailen Bhatt identified posting of the FACA Advisory Board Charter, which is the first public step required to kick off the Advisory Board for the program.
The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires a Charter to announce the formulation and start of an Advisory Board, its authority, purpose, objectives, reporting, costs, number of members, and operating parameters. The Federal System Funding Alternative Advisory Board Charter dated September 20, 2023, is provided here.
Program Manager: Jack Opiola, Email: email@example.com, 202-366-2425.
Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities (RTEPF) Grant Program
The RTEPF Grant Program is a new program created as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will 1) study how ports and intermodal port transfer facilities would benefit from increased opportunities to reduce emissions at ports, including through the electrification of port operations, 2) study emerging technologies and strategies that may help reduce port-related emissions from idling trucks, and 3) coordinate and provide funding to test, evaluate, and deploy projects that reduce port-related emissions from idling trucks, including through the advancement of port electrification and improvements in efficiency, focusing on port operations, including heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and other related projects.
Program Manager: Chip Millard, Email: Chip.Millard@dot.gov
Strategic Innovation for Revenue Collection (SIRC) Program
The SIRC Program enacted under Section 13001 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funds pilot projects through competitive grant awards to test the feasibility of a road usage fee and other user-based alternative revenue mechanisms to help maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. Funds are made available for pilot projects through the Highway Research and Development Program Section 503(b) of title 23, United States Code to conduct feasibility research, tests, evaluations, and/or deploy activities related to user-based alternative revenue mechanisms adoption and implementation.
Note: The Surface Transportation Systems Funding Alternatives (STSFA) Program under Section 6020 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, Pub. L. No. 114-94 provided funding for fiscal years 2016-2021. Section 13001(f) of BIL replaced the STSFA program with the SIRC Program. The SIRC Program allows greater participation by transportation entities beyond State DOTs and the match requirement was reduced from fifty percent to twenty percent. Lessons learned from STSFA pilots can be found here: Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) Program.
Program Manager: Carlos B. McCloud, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 225-433-2892.
Toll Credits Exchange Pilot Program
The Toll Credits Exchange Pilot Program was established under Section 11503 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This pilot program allows for up to ten “originating” States, or eligible sellers, to participate in selling and exchanging toll credits to interested "recipient” States or buyers. Currently, FHWA is developing the Toll Credits Exchange Pilot Program and plans to launch the pilot program in 2024.
Program Manager: Cynthia Essenmacher, Cynthia.email@example.com