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Blended Programs

Supplemental Discretionary Grants for National Surface Transport System

Funded Amount: $1,500,000,000

Agency: Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Description: Under this new program, grants are awarded for transportation projects (including highway, transit, rail and ports) that will contribute to near-term economic recovery and job creation, maximization of long-term economic benefits and impacts on the Nation, a region, or a metropolitan area, and assistance for those most affected by the current economic downturn. DOT will determine how to allocate funds among projects and across modes based on the selection criteria described in the solicitation.

Benefits to Public: Depending on the projects selected for funding, public benefits are expected to include: (1) improved condition of existing transportation facilities and systems; (2) long-term growth in employment, production or other high-value economic activity; (3) improved livability of communities; (4) improved energy efficiency, reduced dependence on oil and reduced greenhouse gas emissions; (5) reduced adverse impacts of transportation on the natural environment; (6) reduced number, rate and consequences of surface transportation-related crashes, injuries and fatalities; (7) greater use of innovative technology and innovative approaches; (8) greater collaboration among traditional and non-traditional stakeholders; or (9) greater integration of transportation decision making with decision making by other public agencies.

Beneficiaries: Citizens

Who Select the Projects: USDOT

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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Bonding Assistance Program

Funded Amount: $20,000,000

Agency: Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Description: The objective of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Recovery Act Bonding Assistance Program is to assist DBEs to obtain bid, payment, and performance bonds in a timely and efficient manner, which will enable DBEs to compete for and perform transportation-related projects receiving Recovery Act funding from DOT.

Benefits to Public: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise business owners will benefit by obtaining bonding that may have otherwise been unavailable to them to compete for and perform transportation-related projects. Thus enabling Disadvantaged Business Enterprise companies to continue to grow their small businesses, create jobs, and stimulate the economy.

Beneficiaries: Citizens

Who Select the Projects: USDOT

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Updated: Tuesday, March 3, 2015