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Transportation Modernization:

Digital Transformation with IIJA Funding

Infrastructure investments have laid the foundation for nearly every advancement in human civilization. In November 2021, Congress allocated $1.2 trillion in funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to address chronic underinvestment in U.S. infrastructure – both physical and digital. Today, digital infrastructure is as important to modernizing society as aqueducts and steam trains were in their time.

FOUNDATIONAL CHANGE

92

of transportation leaders say digital transformation is a top priority for their organization1

75

say digital infrastructure improvements are as or more important than physical infrastructure improvements2

IIJA funding opportunities for state and local transportation organizations extend beyond much-needed physical infrastructure improvements to include1:

Advanced transportation technologies

Advanced transportation technologies

Transportation management and safety initiatives

Transportation management and safety initiatives

Cybersecurity across critical infrastructure

Cybersecurity across critical infrastructure

Green transportation solutions

Green transportation solutions

Broadband connectivity

Broadband connectivity

Focus on Cyber and Data Management Opportunities for State & Local Transportation

Overall, IT leaders say their top two goals for IIJA funding are cybersecurity and infrastructure modernization2

MODERNIZING TRANSPORTATION DATA MANAGEMENT WITH INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT & JOBS ACT (IIJA) FUNDING

Whether operating on land, sea, or air, state and local governments are prioritizing IT modernization to transform their transportation operations. Their goals: create a digital foundation to meet changing customer expectations, improve operational efficiencies and safety, respond in real time to changing conditions, and reduce environmental impact. Read More

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT & JOBS ACT: CYBERSECURITY FUNDING FOR STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION ORGANIZATIONS

Ransomware and other cyberattacks are up sharply across every industry, but markedly so in government. In response to the growing threats, the Federal government has issued multiple warnings to critical infrastructure operators – which include state and local government transportation entities – to keep their “shields up” to protect against cyberattacks. Read More

What organizational outcomes do transportation leaders see IIJA tech funds supporting?2

Improved operational efficiency
Improved operational efficiency
Improved accuracy of decision-making
Improved accuracy of decision-making
Improved passenger safety/security
Improved passenger safety/security
Improved global competitiveness
Improved global competitiveness

The once-in-a-generation investments in the [IIJA] will improve people’s lives in every state in the nation by increasing access to safe, clean, reliable transportation.

– Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg

Steps to Success

Despite enthusiasm for the IIJA, only 56%
of state and local transportation leaders are
very confident in their organization's ability
to identify all possible funding opportunities
56%

Where to begin?
Check out these free resources

Review IIJA grant opportunities on NGA’s
Grant Tracker

Seek grant writing support: The Grants Office

Obtain a customized report of grant opportunities, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines through Dell Technologies — Grant Information

Learn More

Dell Technologies helps state and local governments and transportation organizations modernize their infrastructures. We empower leaders to meet changing customer expectations, improve operational efficiency and safety, and reduce environmental impact.

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Sources:
1 Transportation Data Center Modernization
2 Grant Gateway