A closer look at FY2018 BUILD grant-funded projects

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By Julie Sneider | January 9, 2019

Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced nearly $1.5 billion in fiscal-year 2018 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant awards.

BUILD was previously known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Ninety-one projects were awarded funds in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Of the $1.5 billion, 66 percent — or $977 million — went to projects that have a freight component, according to the Coalition for America's Gateways & Trade Corridors (CAGTC). Non-highway freight projects received 20 percent of the total funds, coalition officials said in a press release.

The grant dollar amount established "a new high for the percentage of funding awarded to freight infrastructure, besting a previous record set earlier in 2018 by TIGER IX, which awarded 56 percent of total funds for goods movement infrastructure," CAGTC officials said.

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