Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation USDOT released its Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the newly created Safe Streets and Roads for All Program, a $5 billion grant program focused on local vision zero projects which was created in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The grant is funded at $1 billion annually through Fiscal Year 2026.
The grant program is focused on assisting local and regional governments in achieving their vision zero goals and strategies. Eligible grant recipients include cities, towns and townships, counties, metropolitan planning organizations, some transit authorities, tribes and groupings of these units of governments for example, multiple cities can join together for a project. State governments are ineligible to receive this grant.
Local governments must have a comprehensive safety action plan in order to receive funding for projects. However, funding is available from the grant for the creation of the action plans if one does not currently exist. For all grant awards, there is an 80%/20% federal/local match required for funding of the projects. Additionally, no more than 15% of the annual grant funding can go to jurisdictions in one particular state.
Once an action plan is created and fits the requirements of the grant, implementation grants can be awarded. According to USDOT, some examples of eligible projects include:
Wider edge lines
High friction surface treatments
Pedestrian crosswalk improvements
Safe routes to school projects
Traffic calming countermeasures
Vulnerable road user protection projects
Advanced transportation technologies
Roadside safety improvements
ATSSA strongly encourages ATSSA members to work with their local and municipal government partners to educate and encourage applications for this roadway safety grant.