Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act Request for Information

Funding Agency:
Department of Transportation

On November 15, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Pub. L. 117-58 (Nov. 15, 2021). The BIL is a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure, which will grow the economy, enhance U.S. competitiveness in the world, create good jobs, and make the U.S. economy more sustainable, resilient, and equitable. It includes the largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the Interstate System, and the largest investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure in history. Specific to FHWA, the BIL provides more than $350 billion over 5 fiscal years (FY 22-26) for surface transportation programs. This represents, on an average annual basis, nearly 29 percent more Federal-aid funding for highway programs and activities than under prior law, and it also establishes more than a dozen new highway programs.

The BIL focuses on investing in safety, bridges, equity and reconnecting communities, addressing climate change, and promoting resilience. In addition, there are several new programs offering new opportunities for local governments and other nontraditional entities to receive highway funding. More information on the BIL can be located at www.whitehouse.gov or at www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/housebill/3684.

In order to make the most of the BIL’s historic investment and opportunities, FHWA is seeking your input on the FHWA-related sections of the BIL. Most of those provisions are contained in Title I of Division A and in Title VIII of Division J. Through this RFI, FHWA is soliciting information and suggestions from the public and a broad array of stakeholders across public and private sectors on how best to facilitate FHWA’s implementation of the BIL.

This RFI is intended to solicit information on: (i) potential opportunities and challenges for implementing new BIL programs; (ii) potential opportunities and challenges for implementing existing programs modified by the BIL; (iii) solutions or suggestions as to how FHWA might implement the BIL; (iv) necessity for additional guidance, FAQs, or program changes; and (v) areas requiring new and continued research.

Response Date: Feb. 1, 2022

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 1, 2022