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Farajian: Infrastructure awards "expand our geographic reach and increase the diversity of projects"

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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced five additional regions will receive financing through the Regional Infrastructure Accelerators program.


This move brings the total number of grant beneficiaries to 10, according to an Aug. 22 news release. The RIA program's function is to accelerate project delivery through methods such as project planning, studies, analysis, preliminary engineering and design work.


“The new awards expand our geographic reach and increase the diversity of projects in the pipeline,” Build America Bureau Executive Director Morteza Farajian said in the release. “We look forward to building on this program even more later this year with another round of available funding.”


The Central Ohio Transit Authority, New Mexico's Dona Ana County, Texas' Panhandle Regional Planning Commission, California's Resilient SR 37 Program and New York's Midway Crossing Project in Suffolk County were named as the five latest regions to receive funding, the release reported.


The five previous RIA grant recipients were the Fresno Council of Governments, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, the San Diego Association of Governments and Washington State's Pacific Northwest Economic Region. Each of the five has signed cooperative agreements with the Bureau in early 2022 and created a workplace for implementing their ideas, according to the release.


The grants were dispersed in response to the January project solicitation by the Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Demonstration Program, which was established by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act and is funded by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, according to the release. The goal of the RIAD Program is to provide information for future work by analyzing how various regional accelerator models can speed the development and delivery of transportation models up.

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