Implementing the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The combination of the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act marks a landmark opportunity for planning. These new federal laws bring historic levels of federal investment, creating new programs and making major changes to a range of existing transportation policies — changes that can be daunting to understand and navigate. The unfolding regulatory process presents opportunities to advocate for approaches that will allow funding and programs to meet their full promise and potential.

Expert presenters detail the opportunities for planners in new transportation programs focused on climate, resilience, reconnecting communities, modeling, performance measures, EV infrastructure, and more. Familiar programs concerning transportation alternatives program and safety will change significantly as well.

Hear how communities are connecting COVID-relief programs with new infrastructure funding to tackle major challenges and implement critical plans. Find out what new legislation might affect planning in 2022.

These new programs and requirements are central to advancing more equitable communities. Planners can shape programs like Reconnecting Communities and requirements for equity-focused targeting of federal funds and use them to guide future planning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Access and integrate new federal infrastructure resources into local and regional planning.
  • Shape the forthcoming federal guidance and regulation of federal surface transportation programs with ideas that advance planning and critical planning priorities.
  • Understand the new laws’ planning-related programs, funding, and requirements and lead local efforts to integrate and leverage changes in federal infrastructure and COVID-relief policy.

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