Transportation Department Updates Federal Project Relocation Policies

Transportation secretary announces final rule under the Uniform Act.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule updating the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Uniform Act).

Some large construction projects funded by the federal government are planned over existing homes and businesses, requiring local residents to move to new locations. The Uniform Act addresses the needs of residents who will be displaced, and this update adjusts the required moving reimbursements according to the current rate of inflation.

“Congress passed the Uniform Act over half a century ago to protect people whose lives were impacted by federally-funded projects,” said Transportation Secretary Buttigieg. “This final rule includes critical updates that make sure those protections match the needs of the 21st century—and offer fair compensation and moving assistance to the people impacted by projects.”  

Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt stated, “Increasing benefit levels helps keep pace with inflation and makes a big difference for those impacted. This update ensures we meet the needs and preferences for folks impacted by displacement and helps the federal government minimize impacts throughout the relocation process.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for U.S. transportation officials as they update eminent domain policies.
  • For Secretary Buttigieg and Administrator Bhatt as they implement the updated regulations under the Uniform Act.

Sources: Department of Transportation


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