The passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) has the potential to transform the Greater Washington region from Baltimore to Richmond – if done right. The flipside: we could just as easily miss the proverbial boat. Working together, we can use this historic infusion of federal funding to return our transportation system to a state of good repair and make this region, in the words of Greater Washington Partnership Board Chair Peter Scher, the most inclusive and connected in the country.
To maximize the region’s return on the BIL investments, regional leaders must focus on five key strategies:
1. Ensure our programs and projects are “shovel worthy”
The 2009 American Rescue and Recovery Act (ARRA) focused on “shovel ready” projects to get money out the door as quickly as possible; the Biden Administration, however, wants to encourage transportation leaders to invest in “shovel worthy” projects. These are defined as having the strongest retur
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