Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grant program (formerly known as BUILD), provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives.

Determining the costs, benefits, and positive impacts of large infrastructure projects requires rigorous data-driven analyses. Econsult Solutions, Inc. provides applicants for RAISE grants with the right support for submitting accurate, convincing, and competitive grant applications.

In addition, new guidance has been issued by the Department of Transportation on the evaluation of equity impacts of projects as part of the quality-of-life component of the merit criteria.

We work with public agencies to help them show the economic, transportation, social, and environmental and equity impacts of their projects and achieve the desired outcomes of the RAISE program. Key services include:

  • Benefit-cost analyses
  • Equity analyses
  • Review and analysis of applications prior to submission
  • Full preparation of application package.

Econsult Solutions, Inc. brings a wealth of experience as transportation experts, planners and urban economists.

ESI has helped prepare numerous infrastructure funding applications, including FASTLANE (now INFRA) and RAISE (formerly BUILD or TIGER) applications for a variety of clients:

  • Port Authority Transit Corporation Speedline (PATCO), Franklin Square Station ($12.6 million awarded)
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), 30th Street Market-Frankford Station Renovation ($15 million awarded).
  • DRBA (Delaware River & Bay Authority), Delaware Memorial Bridge Protection ($22 million awarded).
  • Bronx River Greenway in New York City, NY ($10 million awarded).
  • Center City Philadelphia Dilworth Plaza, PA ($15 million awarded).
  • SEPTA CSX Separation Project in Bucks County, PA ($10 million awarded).
  • Waterbury Naugatuck River Greenway Phase 1, CT ($10 million awarded).

Within the revised guidelines, the Department of Transportation will also consider whether a project:

  1. increases transportation choices and equity for individuals;
  2. expands access to essential services for communities across the United States, particularly for underserved or disadvantaged communities.
  3. improves connectivity for citizens to jobs, health care, and other critical destinations, or
  4. proactively addresses racial equity and barriers to opportunity, through the planning process or through incorporation of design elements

ESI has developed methodologies based on spatial analysis and demographic data to assess the equity impacts of transportation projects and services and is equipped to undertake an equity analysis to demonstrate these impacts. Our equity analyses include:

SEPTA’s FY 2021-23 Fare Proposal Equity Impacts for Philadelphia Residents

State of Good Repair and Transit Equity

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