The U.S. Department of Transportation has opened the application process for local communities of all sizes to apply for $1 billion in fiscal year 2022 “Safe Streets and Roads for All” grants.
[Above photo by the New Jersey DOT]
The USDOT noted in a statement that the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA – enacted in November 2021 – provides the funding for the new “Safe Streets and Roads for All” or SS4A discretionary grant program. That program provides dedicated funding to regional, local, and tribal plans, as well as projects and strategies to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries.
The primary goal of SS4A grants is to improve roadway safety by supporting communities in developing comprehensive safety action plans based on a Safe System Approach, and implementing projects and strategies that significantly reduce or eliminate transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries involving pedestrians; bicyclists; public transportation, personal conveyance, and micro-mobility users; commercial vehicle operators; and motorists.
USDOT said SS4A funds would also support “robust stakeholder engagement” in order to ensure that “all community members” have a voice in developing plans, projects and strategies.
Applications for SS4A grants – due on or before September 15 – may come from individual communities or groups of communities and may include Metropolitan Planning Organizations, counties, cities, towns, other special districts that are subdivisions of a state, certain transit agencies, federally recognized tribal governments, and multi-jurisdictional groups.