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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces New Guidance to Improve Safety for Vulnerable Road Users under President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Contact: FHWA.PressOffice@dot.govTel.: (202) 366-0660
WASHINGTON – Today, as part of its ongoing efforts through the National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS) to prioritize safety and meet milestones laid out in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced new guidance to help states address the crisis of roadway deaths across our nation. Vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, and people who use wheelchairs, accounted for approximately 20% of the 42,915 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2021, according to the National Highway Safety Administration, an increase of 13% over 2020.
The guidance released today will provide additional clarity for states as they develop their Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessment, a new safety approach established under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to assess the safety performance of individual states, identify areas of high risk to vulnerable road users, and determine what safety improvements will mitigate these safety risks.
“It is up to all of us to keep those who walk, bike or roll safe as they travel,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Because of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, states have new resources to improve safety for vulnerable travelers, make our roads safer and more accessible for all, and help move us closer to reaching the ultimate vision of zero fatalities.”
By law, the Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessments developed by states to identify areas of high risk must be driven by demographic and performance related data developed in consultation with local governments that represent high risk areas as well. In developing these assessments, FHWA is encouraging states to work with institutional, advocacy, and community groups, particularly those that represent populations that are involved in these crashes and reside in the locations where fatalities and serious injuries are occurring.
Once completed, FHWA encourages states to use their Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessment findings to adjust project selection and investment strategies. FHWA’s guidance on the assessment will help states follow that legal requirement as they work to reduce roadway fatalities and improve the safety of road users who walk, bike, roll and rely on access to transportation systems.
“This guidance can help States identify what safety issues for those outside of a vehicle need to be addressed and where,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “States are then positioned to incorporate the results as they make decisions about their safety investments. It also improves transportation equity by making sure extensive dialogue with relevant stakeholders takes place and the concerns of those most at risk in towns, cities and underserved communities are heard through better public engagement at the local level.”
The Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessment guidance complements the NRSS, U.S. DOT’s comprehensive approach to reach zero fatalities on our nation’s roadways through a Safe System Approach. Earlier this month the Department released a new dashboard to provide stakeholders with more transparency about the implementation status of key NRSS programs and activities across U.S. DOT.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides a historic opportunity for FHWA to work closely with state, local, and Tribal partners to put increased transportation funding to work incorporating safety for all users into every federally funded road project. Safety-related investments, including Complete Streets activities, are eligible through most Federal-aid funding programs. Earlier this year, FHWA issued guidance for the Highway Safety Improvement Program, which received an additional $4 billion in funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also created a new $5 billion Safe Streets and Roads for All competitive grant program for local governments
Biden-Harris Administration Sending States Nearly $60 Billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for America’s Roads and Bridges
President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides a $15.4B increase in funding over FY21 which goes directly to all 50 States, DC and Puerto Rico
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced that it has released $59.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2023 apportionments for 12 formula programs to support investment in critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges and tunnels, carbon emission reduction, and safety improvements utilizing funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The funds go directly to all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and help them continue the important work of rebuilding our roads and bridges and making our transportation system more efficient.
“America’s roads and bridges are the vital arteries of our transportation system, connecting people and goods across the country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Because of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, today we are sending historic levels of funding to every state to help modernize the roads and bridges Americans rely on every day.”
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law contains the single largest dedicated investment in our transportation infrastructure since the construction of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s and 1960s. In the last year alone, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding has already been used to help address long overdue needs in every State in the nation, including:
- The Bridge Formula Program supported repairs on over 2,400 bridges, including the I-270 bridge replacement over the Mississippi River in Illinois, the Dare County bridge replacement in North Carolina, and the I-65 bridge replacement over the Sepulga River in Alabama.
- The Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Formula Program has funded over $200 million of projects in 21 States, including resilience improvements to the I-20 Wateree River Bridge in South Carolina to upgrade critical elements of the bridge and raising the elevation of Louisiana Highway 1 (LA 1) to make it more resilient to flooding during extreme weather events across the Gulf of Mexico.
- The Highway Safety Improvement Program supported improvements on over 5,300 projects, including a total of 155 roundabout projects throughout the country that will reduce the number of traffic conflict points; over 100 pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvement projects throughout Oregon; the implementation of 30 rectangular rapid flashing beacons in Arlington County, Virginia, to help pedestrians safely cross the street; and road safety audits along rural corridors in Tennessee to identify safety improvements needed to reduce fatalities and serious injuries.
- The National Highway Performance Program has funded more than 6,000 projects, including replacing a dangerous intersection on US-50 in Pueblo, Colorado with an interchange that improves safety and connectivity for bikers, pedestrians, motorists, and freight flows; resurfacing 13 miles of I-57 in Illinois and improving a rest area that includes truck parking; and constructs a new bridge, passing lanes and two-way left-turn lanes on California State Route 46.
|New and Significantly Increased Programs Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law||FY23 Percent Increase over FY21|
|Carbon Reduction Program||NEW|
|Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation Formula Program||NEW|
|National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program||NEW|
|Bridge Formula Program||391%|
|Appalachian Development Highway System||146%|
|Highway Safety Improvement Program||26%|
|Metropolitan Planning Program||25%|
|National Highway Performance Program||20%|
|Surface Transportation Block Grant Program||16%|
The $59.9 billion in funding for Fiscal Year 2023 is the second year of funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and represents an increase of $15.4 billion in formula programs as compared to Fiscal Year 2021, the last fiscal year before the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was implemented. This Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding is distributed annually by FHWA based on Congressionally mandated formulas.
“These historic investments in American infrastructure give States the flexibility they need to determine how to allocate funds in order to replace deficient bridges, improve safety for all road users, and reduce carbon emissions by improving transportation infrastructure for communities throughout each state,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “This funding we are announcing today will allow States to continue the important work of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will make our infrastructure safer and more efficient for the tens of millions of American families that count on it to get to school, work, and critical medical care every day.”
Federal-aid Highway Program funds are authorized periodically by Congress in multi-year laws to assist the States in providing for construction, reconstruction, and improvement of highways and bridges on eligible Federal-aid routes and for other special purpose programs and projects. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established or continued FHWA programs and authorized funding for those programs from the Highway Trust Fund and General Fund.
Click here to view the allocation of funding by state and program, which can be viewed at FHWA’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding web page, organized by fiscal year.
FHWA has additional information for transportation agencies and others interested in grants and other discretionary funding opportunities as well as information on new and existing FHWA programs available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law web page.
NLTAPA 40 Year Celebration!
December 23, 1981 is a historical moment in time for the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). It was the day then President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law that officially established the Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP). The purpose of RTAP was to provide technical assistance, training, and products to counties within the States. By 1991 under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act legislation, the RTAP concept was expanded to include urban areas renaming the program, LTAP. In addition, the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) centers were established. Today, there is an LTAP center in every State including Puerto Rico that services more than 38,000 local agencies and a TTAP center that serve the American Indian Tribal Governments.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is proud to continue our support of the LTAP/TTAP network doing our part to help grow the transportation workforce, encourage the use of innovations in technology that improve safety, and provide subject-matter support on transportation issues that help build communities. During the pandemic, the LTAPs hosted and delivered training and education to approximately 147,000 participants offering over 1,100 trainings sessions. This speaks to the dedication of the centers and their mission to serve their communities in each State.
FHWA is collaborating with the National Local and Tribal Technical Assistance Program Association to celebrate the 40th anniversary by taking a look back at the people and the many program successes over the past 40 years. We congratulate the LTAPs and TTAPs on a successful 40 years and look forward to continuing our partnership to transform transportation for the next 40 years and beyond.
AASHTO TC3 Training Library
Local government and tribal transportation practitioners across the U.S. are responsible for more than 75 percents of our Nation's highway network. AASHTO's TC3 library is one resource for local and tribal agencies in building and maintaining the skills necessary to operate such a vast system. FHWA has an agreement with AASHTO to provide local government and tribal transportation practitioners with access to this library.
TC3 is AASHTO's online training library of 190+ training modules. Courses are developed by subject matters experts and include national best practices. All courses are available on the TC3 website and also a mobile app, available on iOS and Android systems.
Joint Tran-SET Webinar Series
Tran-SET will jointly host a webinar series with (rotating) University Transportation Centers (UTCs). Each webinar, to be conducted on a quarterly basis, will involve a (rotating) research theme relevant to Tran-SET, in alignment with the US DOT Strategic Plan for FY 2018 – 2022, and relevant to the transportation research community as a whole. Each webinar will include three presentations: (1) on a related Tran-SET -funded research project, (2) on a related external UTC-funded research project, and (3) a more practitioner-focused presentation from a state DOT or FHWA. For more information, please click here.
NLTAPA from the Road - Roundabout Week
UMass Transportation Center just rolled out a new monthly video series and the first focus is the difference between roundabouts and rotaries. Please visit here for the videos.
More training courses will be offered in the next few months. Please follow up closely with us.
FHWA Publishes TPM Implementation Timeline
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a timeline titled Performance Measures & Asset Management Plan -Key Implementation Dates on its TPM website. The timeline provides a comprehensive listing of key dates and associated actions required by FHWA, State departments of transportation (DOTs), and metropolitan planning organizations to implement Transportation Performance Management (TPM).