EBP Supports $35 million in 2022 RAISE Grant Awards

EBP assisted with the benefit-cost analysis on two winning applications for the US Department of Transportation's (USDOT's) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Grant program.

SH-37 BNSF Grade Separation and Multimodal Improvement Project, Moore, Oklahoma:  EBP conducted Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) and Economic Competitiveness and Mobility assessments to support a 2022 RAISE grant application for Oklahoma DOT on behalf of the City of Moore, Oklahoma.  The project received a $10 million award.  The multimodal project eliminates an at grade crossing of one of Moore’s major commercial thoroughfares by a major BNSF route, as well as construction of multimodal bridge and multiuse paths.  Project benefits captured by the BCA include travel time savings by eliminating the frequent closures when freight trains pass.  It also included reduced crashes, and environmental benefits such as emissions reductions and reduced train whistle noise.  The benefits further include elimination of dangerous delays when emergency vehicles are impeded, and the positive impacts of enhanced community connectivity and greater non-motorized transportation access. 

Wharf C Reconstruction and Resiliency Enhancement Project, Nuevo Port, Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico: EBP conducted Benefit-Cost Analysis and Economic Competitiveness and Supply Chain assessments to support a 2022 RAISE grant application by the Port of Puerto Rico to restore and improve a key port facility in the Port of San Juan that had been severely damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017.  The project received a $25 million award.  The BCA assessed the benefits of restoring Wharf C, which had been assessed by USACOE and FEMA as requiring major overhaul of concrete slabs, pilings, storage areas, electric distribution, and fire projection systems.  The BCA measured the benefits of port operational efficiencies, cost savings from reduced cargo handling, as well as reduced dwell times for container and other shipping throughout the entire Port of San Juan.  The analysis assessed the critical role of the port and Wharf C in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria and emphasized its future role in making Puerto Rico’s maritime-reliant economy more resilient to future hurricanes or other threats.