-  Photo: DOT

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a report updating the public on the Biden-Harris Administration efforts to improve America’s transportation infrastructure.

The report includes updates on DOT’s key priorities, including rail safety, strengthening consumer protections for air  travelers, and the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), among others.

“We are delivering for the American people with the resources now available because President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law reversed decades of underinvestment in our transportation systems,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The public placed great trust in DOT, and we are honoring that trust by making improvements to transportation that get people and goods to where they need to be more safely, affordably, and sustainably while creating good-paying jobs.”

To view the DOT 2021-2023 Progress Report, click here. Some highlights are below.

Making Generational Investments to Rebuild America

As part of BIL, the Administration made several investments, including:

Awarding over $200 billion to over 40,000 projects nationwide, supporting tens of thousands of jobs.

Upgrading rail service on the Northeast Corridor, reducing Amtrak and commuter rail delays for over 200 million trips annually.

Funded repairs to 7,800 bridges and improving 135,000 miles of roads.

Advancing Equity

Funding $3.3 billion to improve mobility and access through the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods program.

Awarded over $2 billion in direct procurement to small, disadvantaged businesses in FY23.

Established project labor agreements for 319 FHWA projects totaling $9.9 billion, including $3.2 billion with local hire preferences.

Awarded $686 million to improve accessibility at transit stations.

Achieving Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

Released the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Providing nearly $9 billion in funding for climate resilience projects to protect infrastructure from extreme weather.

Funded over 2,900 zero-emission and low-emission buses.

Building a Nationwide Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Expanded alternative fuel corridors to 79,000 miles of highways in all 50 states.

Provided more than $2.2 billion in funding to states and communities to build a nationwide EV charging network.

Set the nation on the path to meet President Biden’s vision of building 500,000 chargers by 2030.

Driving Innovation

Funded 59 smart community technology demonstration projects for the use of technologies, such as connected and automated vehicles, advanced traffic signals, and uncrewed aircraft systems.

Launched the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Infrastructure (ARPA-I) to spur the development of game-changing transportation technologies.

Awarded $450 million to 34 university consortia to develop the next generation of transportation technology and professionals.

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