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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Impacts for FMCSA Grant Programs


The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, popularly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (“BIL”), was signed into law on November 15, 2021, providing a nearly $1.2 trillion dollar investment in our Nation’s infrastructure and future.  

The sections of the law that provide investments in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) grant programs are truly historic, providing more than $3.2 billion in resources over five years. In short, formula grant funding provided through FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) increases by approximately 61% and,  discretionary funding by roughly 90%. Additionally, BIL establishes a new Safety Enforcement Training grant program totaling $25 million over the life of the law to support the needs of state and local commercial vehicle safety enforcement professionals. In addition to the amounts included in the BIL, Congress also appropriated supplemental funds. These supplemental dollars allow FMCSA to further augment the already historic increase in grant support provided under BIL.

Most of the increased funding authorized under the BIL will be available once Congress appropriates the additional funding; currently, the Agency is operating under a continuing resolution at FAST Act fiscal year 2020 levels.

Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, FMCSA’s formula grant program provides increased funding for all 50 States, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. territories with allocations to be made based on the existing formula. Discretionary grant programs will continue to be awarded through competitive processes.