Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program

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This new program was authorized in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law at $200 million annually and subject to appropriations. The program establishes competitive connectivity grants that strategically invest in projects that connect active transportation networks, accelerating local and regional plans to create safe and convenient routes to everyday destinations. This program is not yet funded; advocates will be encouraged to engage in efforts to fully fund the program at $500 million in the FY23 appropriations process and beyond.


Advancing the Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program

RTC continues to advocate for funding for the Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP), a program that was authorized, but not funded, in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in 2021. While we continue to fight for funding for the program in the Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations bill currently under negotiation in Congress, making a case for the program to the key decisionmakers holding the pen on that bill, we are also looking to Fiscal Year 2024. The Department of Transportation is putting together its budget request for FY 2024 in advance of President Biden releasing his proposed budget, and RTC has put together a sign-on letter with the support of at least 24 organizations to the administration requesting this funding.


Note: This section will be updated consistently as guidance is created and released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

Quick Facts:

  • Administered By: USDOT
  • Type: Discretionary grants
  • Year Created: 2021
  • Also Known As: The Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act (H.R. 2991/S.684)


The following are eligible project sponsors or applicants:  

  • Local or regional governmental organization (including metropolitan planning organizations or regional planning organizations and councils)
  • A multicounty special district
  • A state
  • A multistate group of governments
  • Tribal governments

The following project types are eligible for funding:

  • Active transportation projects or group of projects with a total cost of over $15 million, or total cost of $100,000 for planning and design grants.

Communities recognize that safe, connected active transportation infrastructure—like trails, sidewalks and protected bike lanes—is what they need to achieve their goals. The Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program is the best way to fully realize the opportunities for transformative transportation investment in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Dozens of national organizations have joined RTC in showing broad support to Congress to fully invest in the Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program, a critical tool in achieving our nation’s transportation goals. Members of Congress in the House and the Senate have signed on in support of funding the program in FY23 appropriations.

Let’s fully fund it.



Learn more about the demand for and advocacy behind the Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program.


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