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2020 RAISE Grant

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 appropriated $1 billion to be awarded by the US Department of Transportation for national infrastructure investments now known as Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants. RAISE grants are for “capital investments in surface transportation that have a significant local or regional impact; this includes transportation planning projects. SWODA submitted a RAISE grant on July 12, 2021, totaling $425,000 in federal funds to develop a 16-county regional freight plan. The application was developed and submitted due to the importance of the Region’s contribution to local, state, and national economies. Southwest Oklahoma (the Region) is a critical economic generator for the State of Oklahoma and United States. The Region is host to many growing industries and provides vital freight connections through a robust system of air, rail, and roadway networks which connect energy production (wind, oil, and gas), agriculture production, and military installations to broader statewide and national facilities and supply chains.

Development of regional freight plan will provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach for the safe, efficient, and cost-effective movement of commodities and goods. The goal of the Southwest Oklahoma Regional Freight Plan (the Project) is to strategically direct local, state, and federal resources toward improved system performance for efficient movement of freight. Accordingly, the Project includes a public engagement process intended to promote stakeholder participation from the freight and logistics industry, business community, elected officials, tribal governments, and the public to find consensus on a prioritized project list. Identifying and prioritizing regional freight investments will allow the Region to maximize state, local, and federal resources.

PDF documents below

Application Narrative

Letters of Support

Partners and Government Officials

Maps, Graphics, and Data

Reports, Plans, and Technical Information