Federal Funds improving Transportation in California

Through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), California will receive federal infrastructure funding based on formula and competitive grants. Formula is guaranteed funding based on statutory formulas, whereas competitive grants are awarded to states or projects through a competitive selection process. Here is how much IIJA funding California has received to date:

Total Estimated Formula Funds to California Over 5 years

From Federal Fiscal Year 2022 through 2026

Total Estimated Formula Funds to California$41.9B

Based on formula funding alone, the IIJA will bring California an estimated $41.9 billion over 5 years from Federal Fiscal Year 2022 through Federal Fiscal Year 2026.

Total Announced IIJA Transportation Funding to California (As of October 25, 2022)

Including grants, formula, and competitive funds

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - $11,128
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) - $2,198
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - $389
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - $23
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - $31
DOT Office of the Secretary - $270
($ shown in millions)

IIJA includes funding for multiple Federal Departments such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Defense. Total IIJA funding is $16.24 billion of which $14.04 billion is dedicated to Department of Transportation projects. For more information on announced funds to California visit the White House’s Maps of Progress.

Formula Based IIJA Programs by Category (As of September 6, 2022)

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides significant funding under the Department of Transportation to improve roadways and bridges, freight projects, public transportation, safety, and address climate change. See the chart below for formula funds distributed to California to date, beginning in Federal Fiscal Year 2022 that support different categories.

Climate, Energy, and the Environment - $228
Electric Vehicles, Buses, and Ferries - $57
Active and Public Transportation - $1,962
Roads, Bridges, and Freight Projects - $4,938
Safety - $331
Ports and Waterways - $10
($ shown in millions)

California has received $7.53 billion in formula funds in Federal Fiscal Year 2022 that will invest in the categories shown. Programs identified under these categories have been organized by the Federal government. More information on programs supporting these categories can be found in the Building a Better America Guidebook.

Jobs Created

Jobs created are assessed based on 13,000 jobs per $1B invested. For more information on the employment impacts of highway infrastructure, visit the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) page on this topic.

Number of Jobs Created42,308

IIJA Dollars Invested and Projects by Status

The chart below for IIJA funds assigned to projects within California Shows the progress of how the funds move projects from planning to actual construction. As of August 26, 2022, $3.25 billion total has been invested in transportation projects. For more information on the projects assigned IIJA funds, visit the Project Map.

Total invested: $3.25 billion

Dollars
Projects

Formula Funds by Bureau

Federal Highway Administration Formula Funds

TO CALIFORNIA BY FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR (FFY)

Received and Projected

The total amount distributed to California for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) formula programs by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is $5.49B for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022. This is an increase of $1.47B compared to Federal Fiscal Year 2021. Formula funds shown for future Federal Fiscal Years are estimated projections. For more information on California funds distribution, visit Bipartisan Infrastructure Law - Funding | Federal Highway Administration (dot.gov).

Federal Transit Administration Formula Funds

TO CALIFORNIA BY FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR (FFY)

Received and Projected

The total amount distributed to California for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) formula programs by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is $1.97B for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022. This is an increase of $500M compared to Federal Fiscal Year 2021. Formula funds shown for future Federal Fiscal Years are estimated projections. For more information on California funds distribution, visit Apportionments | FTA (dot.gov).

INVESTMENTS IN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES

Through the Justice40 Initiative, the Federal Government has made it a goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments, like IIJA, flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. To learn more about IIJA funding in disadvantaged communities, and how Active Transportation projects have already served California for years, view the Disadvantaged Communities page.

DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE

Caltrans has three distinct programs to assist small businesses to compete more effectively for its contracting and procurement dollars: Small Business (SB), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) funding for the DBE program will remedy ongoing discrimination and the continuing effects of past discrimination in federally-assisted highway, transit, airport, and highway safety financial assistance transportation contracting markets nationwide. 

The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts. Visit DBE Program | US DOT DBE website.

From October 1, 2021 through August 2022, Caltrans has awarded 20 percent of contracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. The goal for Federal Fiscal Years 2022-2024 is 22.2 percent.

Caltrans has had similar success with state-funded Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise programs. For more information, click here SB 1 By The Numbers | Rebuilding CA.

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