Ranking Member Price Issues Statement on Federal BUILD Grants Awarded in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2018) – On Thursday, December 6, 2018, Congressman David Price (D-NC) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that three North Carolina projects have been awarded federal BUILD grants totaling more than $60 million. As the Ranking Member on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and North Carolina’s only appropriator, Congressman Price helped triple the size of the grant program in the 2018 fiscal year. Included among the grantees is GoTriangle, which was awarded $20 million to assist in the construction of Raleigh Union Station’s bus transfer facility, or “RUS BUS,” which will greatly enhance transit connectivity and spur economic growth in Raleigh and nearby communities.
“As the Ranking Member and incoming Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and as a steadfast supporter of federal investment in transportation infrastructure, I’m pleased North Carolina has been awarded more than $60 million in federal BUILD grants to complete critical infrastructure projects across the state,” said Congressman Price. “These grants will provide funding for much-needed repairs on rural North Carolina bridges, construct new bike and pedestrian trails and other road improvements in Hickory, and accelerate the second phase of the multi-modal Raleigh Union Station project.”
The awardees include:
- GoTriangle will receive $20 million. The project will construct a new bus facility and structured parking as Phase II of Raleigh Union Station. The project includes an off-street bus transfer facility, pedestrian bridge, bus rapid transit platform and other infrastructure, on-street pedestrian improvements, and the possibility of mixed-use development including an affordable housing component.
- The City of Hickory will receive $17 million for infrastructure investment and road improvements. The project will develop an approximately 1.7-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and a bridge over US 321, and construct a 1.2-mile complete streetscape loop in downtown Hickory that will add designated space for bicycles and pedestrians.
- The North Carolina Department of Transportation will receive $23 million for Growing Rural Economy and Agriculture through Transportation and Technology Enhancement or Replacement in North Carolina (GREATTER-NC). The project will replace approximately 77 bridges in need of repair across 17 rural counties. NCDOT will also work with partners to add broadband capabilities and fiber optic cable along certain bridges.
In April, USDOT renamed the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant program as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, which support surface transportation infrastructure projects with significant local or regional impacts, including funding for roads, bridges, transit, rail or ports.
For more information on the BUILD grants program, visit: https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants/about