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The U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) has selected five recipients to receive a total of $5 million under the new Regional Infrastructure Accelerators (RIA) program.
The RIA program will help accelerate project delivery through a variety of ways, including project planning, studies and analysis, and preliminary engineering and design work, according to a USDOT news release. The selected RIAs and the funds they will receive are:
• San Diego Association of Governments, $1.47 million, for regional rail infrastructure;• Pacific Northwest Economic Region, Seattle, $1.2 million, for rail and freight improvements, seaport emission reduction; and highway/rail grade separation;• Fresno Council of Governments, Fresno, California, $1 million, for two rail intermodal complexes, roadway access and interchange improvements, and a truck mobility complex;•Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, $1 million, for bridge rehabilitations; ADA transitions; electric vehicle infrastructure; and• Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, Cleveland, $295,000, for an intermodal facility, airport access improvement, an improved road to a health care facility and a pedestrian connection.
The awards follow a December 2020 solicitation for projects for the RIA Demonstration Program. The program, which was created in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and funded through the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, is designed to inform future work by measuring how different regional accelerator models can expedite development and delivery of transportation projects.