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The Build America Center (BAC) will mobilize the use of innovative finance, funding, and project delivery solutions to foster new approaches to transportation infrastructure development projects. In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the BAC will lead cutting-edge research, deliver innovative training, and provide customized technical assistance in support of the Implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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  • ARTBA P3 Conference’s Special Session: New Ways to Help Build America

    The Build America Center (BAC) was the topic of a special session during the 34th Annual ARTBA Public-Private Partnerships (P3) in Transportation Conference held in August.  The “New Ways to Help Build America” session featured Dr. Qingbin Cui, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland and Director of the Build America Center; Sam […]


Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for Transit Buses Demonstration and Automated Transit Bus Maintenance and Yard Operations Demonstration

The notice seeks to fund demonstrations in two areas: (1) up to $5 million for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for Transit Buses and (2) up to $1.5 million for Automated Transit Bus Maintenance and Yard Operations. Selected projects will demonstrate transit bus automation technologies in real-world settings.

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The SMART Grants Program funds purpose-driven innovation to build data and technology capacity and expertise for State, local, and Tribal governments. Communities should target their real-world challenges where the use of new technologies and approaches can create benefits.

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The Advanced Transportation Technologies and Innovative Mobility Deployment Program (ATTIMD) directs FHWA to award grants to eligible entities to deploy, install, and operate advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, mobility, efficiency, system performance, intermodal connectivity, and infrastructure return on investment.

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FY22 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program

This program funds projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail. Projects eligible for funding under this grant program include, but are not limited to: Deployment of railroad safety technology and development and implementation of a safety program or institute.

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BIL Navigator


A new online tool from McKinsey that offers a graphic representation of programs and funding that are available under the bipartisan infrastructure law. Users can sort through programs by federal department, program, deadline type, asset class and funding type.



A national program to ensure that all cities and towns can access federal infrastructure funding to drive local recovery, improve communities, and deliver results for residents. It brings together leading policy and innovation experts into a program that includes information, resources, and technical assistance to help cities and towns of all sizes and from all regions to access this once-in-a-lifetime funding opportunity.

A Program by the National League of Cities, Results for America, and United States Conference of Mayors

Program Launches July 12, 2022

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The Build America Center is an important new initiative established at the University of Maryland in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Center will leverage the extensive transportation engineering and project management expertise available at UMD to help federal, state, and local decision makers understand and implement innovative new strategies for financing and managing highway projects.


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