RAISE Transportation Discretionary Grants (2022) - MDOT 

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The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $9.9 billion for thirteen rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.

In each competition, the US DOT receives hundreds of applications to build and repair critical pieces of our freight and passenger transportation networks. The RAISE program enables the US DOT to examine these projects on their merits to help ensure that taxpayers are getting the highest value for every dollar invested.

The eligibility requirements of RAISE allow project sponsors at the state and local levels to obtain funding for multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects that are more difficult to support through traditional US DOT programs. RAISE can fund port and freight rail projects, for example, which play a critical role in our ability to move freight, but have limited sources of Federal funds. RAISE can provide capital funding directly to any public entity, including municipalities, counties, port authorities, tribal governments, MPOs, or others in contrast to traditional Federal programs which provide funding to very specific groups of applicants (mostly state DOTs and transit agencies). This flexibility allows RAISE and our traditional partners at the state and local levels to work directly with a host of entities that own, operate, and maintain much of our transportation infrastructure, but otherwise cannot turn to the Federal government for support.
https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants/about.

For additional information on the RAISE program, please visit the RAISE Grants website from US DOT.

In 2022, the Maryland Department of Transportation submitted the following applications:

  • US 1 Overlea Community Safety Improvement Project
  • Building Baltimore Penn Station Connections

MDOT has previously submitted applications through the US DOT's RAISE and Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Discretionary Grants and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants.


US 1 Overlea Community Safety Improvement Project

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The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), in partnership with Baltimore County, is applying to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant.  The project will improve safety, quality of life, and economic opportunity through critical pedestrian infrastructure, including sidewalk improvements, crosswalks, and up-to-date traffic lights, as well as through significant traffic and drainage improvements, to make the corridor safer, more resilient, and accessible for all.

Project Documents


Building Baltimore Penn Station Connections

MDOT RAISE 2022 Building Penn Station Connections Cover Image

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), in collaboration with Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT), Central Baltimore
Partnership (CBP), Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Amtrak, and Baltimore Penn Station Partners (PSP) is applying to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant for Building Baltimore Penn Station Connections. The grant would complete a funding package to improve existing connectivity issues in this central urban hub and prepare for the anticipated growth in transit ridership.

Project Documents