Building And Rebuilding America
Creating cleaner, greener, safer and more accessible infrastructure.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) provides game-changing investments in America’s infrastructure that will make our transportation systems and infrastructure cleaner, greener, safer and more accessible, while creating jobs and keeping the economy on the move.
The BIL makes major projects possible that strengthen roadway and bridge safety, boost our economy’s efficiency, and create more livable communities. It upgrades our freight and passenger rail systems to get goods and people moving in a cleaner and greener way. It invests in ports, airports, and broadband to connect local economies, people, and communities. Finally, with historic funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, individuals and families will have access to safe, reliable water.
Just how historic is the BIL? It invests $1.2 TRILLION to restore America’s infrastructure, of which $660 billion is for transportation infrastructure. Funding highlights include:
- $365 billion for roads, bridges, and surface transportation projects.
- $43 billion for multimodal and road safety projects.
- $102 billion for passenger and freight rail.
- $11 billion for transportation safety.
- $108 billion for public transit.
- $17 billion for ports and waterways.
- $25 billion for airports.
- $7.5 billion for clean school buses and ferries.
- $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging.
- $1 billion to reconnect communities.
- $50 billion for drinking and clean water programs.
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Democrats are committed to overseeing the timely and effective implementation of the law so that communities can reap the benefits of infrastructure that works. To see BIL funding highlights, please click here.
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Millions of Americans rely on public transit to get to work, go shopping, attend medical appointments, connect with family, explore new destinations and travel everywhere in between. In 2019, transit agencies across the country provided 9.9 billion rides to the travelling public. Transit does more than connect people with the destinations that matter most; compared to driving alone, individuals who regularly use transit can cut their carbon footprint in half.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides historic levels of funding to transit agencies big and small. It also establishes new ways for these agencies to acquire low-emission buses and ferries, replace aging railcars and improve accessibility for riders with disabilities.
By the Numbers
The BIL provides $108 billion in funding for transit, including $36.8 billion in competitive grant programs. Funding highlights include:
- $5.6 billion for Low or No Emission (Bus) Grants
- $250 million for the Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Program
- $38.1 billion for Urbanized and Rural Area Formula Grants, which support transit agencies across the country
- $23 billion for State of Good Repair Formula Grants
- $2.2 billion for Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
More and more Americans are purchasing greener electric vehicles. In fact, more than 2 million electric vehicles (EVs) are on the road today.
We are building a nationwide charging network so that the growing number of Americans driving EVs can recharge wherever they may be on their journey. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) supercharges local and private investments by providing $7.5 billion for building a nationwide electric vehicle charging network, meeting the needs of an increasingly electric transportation system and reducing pollution in the communities where we live.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure by the Numbers
The BIL invests $7.5 billion in building a national electric vehicle charger network. Funding highlights include:
- $5 billion to deploy EV charging infrastructure in strategic locations across the country, building a reliable nationwide network.
- $2.5 billion to install community fueling spots in publicly accessible locations like schools, parks, and public parking lots.
Railroads move more than $800 billion worth of goods and 30 million passengers every year. In fact, nearly half of all freight rail shipments contain the goods that fill our store shelves. In many cases, both freight and passenger trains operate on the same tracks, so investing in American rail infrastructure produces far-reaching benefits for the travelling public and American consumers alike.
While America boasts the largest rail network in the world, decades of underinvestment in passenger rail have left us lagging behind other countries. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is changing that. It is building a freight and passenger rail network for today and the next generation by investing in upgrades to shared rail infrastructure; eliminating hazardous at-grade railway crossings; and providing historic levels of Amtrak funding to modernize its fleet of railcars, restore service on certain routes, and expand passenger rail service to new corridors and destinations.
Freight and Passenger Rail Investments by the Numbers
The bill includes $102 billion in authorized and advance appropriated investments in America’s rail infrastructure, including historic funding for Amtrak passenger rail. Funding highlights include:
- $36 billion for the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grants
- $15.75 billion for Amtrak National Network Grants
- $6 billion for Amtrak Northeast Corridor Grants
- $5 billion for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement Grants
- $3 billion for Railroad Crossing Elimination Grants
- $250 million for Restoration & Enhancement Grant Program
Americans average roughly an hour behind the wheel every day. Traffic congestion and travel delays from outdated roadway infrastructure can quickly add up, and more time spent behind the wheel is less time spent with friends, enjoying the company of loved ones, or exploring the great outdoors.
Our system of roads, highways, and bridges also moves more than $13.1 trillion in goods annually. Investing in roads and bridges means a more resilient supply chain and competitive economy. That’s why the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) provides historic funding to build and rebuild roads and bridges—an investment not seen since the creation of the Interstate Highway System more than 50 years ago! The BIL also tackles our bridge repair backlog, pulling critical infrastructure out of poor condition and into the 21st century.
Road and Bridge Investments by the Numbers
In total, the BIL provides $365 billion in funding to repair, expand, and modernize America’s vast network of roads and bridges. Funding highlights include:
- $148 billion for the National Highway Performance Program
- $72 billion for the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program
- $40 billion for bridges
- $8.0 billion for Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA)
- $7.5 billion for Local and Regional Project Assistance Grants (RAISE)
- $5 billion for National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega)
- $1 billion for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program
U.S. ports bring $1.5 trillion worth of goods into the country every year, directly supporting more than 13 million jobs. Once this cargo reaches dry land, America’s 12,000 miles of inland waterways play a critical role in moving these goods to their final destinations. Roughly 14% of freight traverses American waterways every year, improving air quality in our communities with fewer trucks on the roads while keeping goods on our shelves.
Investments in our water-based economy, thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), will help maintain and modernize infrastructure at America’s ports and waterways, building a more resilient and efficient supply chain, pushing down consumer prices and supporting good-paying jobs.
Ports and Waterways Investments by the Numbers:
The BIL provides more than $17 billion for American ports and waterways, from supporting routine inland waterway maintenance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to a new initiative that will help ports invest in cleaner and greener trucks. Funding highlights include:
- $4 billion for Corps of Engineers Operation and Maintenance
- $2.5 billion for Inland Waterways Projects
- $2.25 billion for Port Infrastructure Development Program Grants
- $1.5 billion for Major Rehabilitation for Rivers and Harbors
- $25 million for the Marine Highways Program
In 2022, U.S. airlines carried 853 million passengers. But our aviation system is strained after years of underinvestment. In fact, recent rankings place just one U.S. airport in the top 20 worldwide.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) makes critical investments to build and modernize airport terminals, improve airport safety, sustainability and capacity. Americans deserve safer, cleaner, greener, and more accessible airports, and the BIL delivers on that.
Airport Investments by the Numbers:
The BIL provides $25 billion for airports to address critical repair and maintenance backlogs, reduce congestion and emissions, and leverage innovative low-carbon technologies. Funding highlights include:
- $15 billion in Airport Infrastructure Grants to support building safer, sustainable and more accessible airports.
- $5 billion to invest in projects to address aging airport terminals through the Airport Terminal Program.
- $5 billion to upgrade and replace our air traffic control infrastructure through the Air Traffic Control Facilities and Equipment Program.
More than fifty years ago, Congress enacted the landmark Clean Water Act to set strong national standards and support communities in meeting local water quality challenges. Yet today, communities across the country, especially economically-disadvantaged, rural, and Tribal communities, struggle to afford critical water infrastructure upgrades to protect human and environmental health, as well as the health of local economies.
To address these challenges, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) makes a historic investment in our drinking, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure, and does so with equity in mind, meeting communities where they are and regardless of zip code.
Water Investments by the Numbers
The BIL provides direct infrastructure investment and makes a down payment to address America’s crumbling water infrastructure and water quality challenges. Funding highlights include:
- $23.4 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) and the Safe Drinking Water SRF programs.
- $15 billion for lead service line replacement.
- $10 billion to address Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants in our drinking water and wastewater systems.