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USDOT Announces Third Round of TIGER Grants for Innovative Transportation Projects Around the Country

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Today the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced the third round of funding in the popular TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program, which will provide $527 million for innovative, job-creating transportation projects. At least $141 million will go to projects in rural areas. Eligible projects must promote economic competitiveness, improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety, quality-of-life and working environments in communities. Unlike last year, no planning grants will be awarded this year and all the funding will be for project implementation. Eligible applicants, which include local governments, transit agencies, and metropolitan planning organizations, may submit up to three applications for consideration as the lead applicant. Additionally, any applicant applying for a TIGER TIFIA Payment must also submit a TIFIA letter of interest along with their application.

There is a two-step process to apply. A pre-application is due by October 3, 2011 at 5 PM EDT, with the pre-application system opening on or before August 23, 2011. The final applications are then due on or before October 31, 2011.

There is also a two-week period for comments on the selection criteria. Applicants can submit comments to USDOT up until July 18, 2011 at 5 PM EDT.

USDOT will be holding a half-day seminar and webcast on the TIGER application process on Monday, July 18 from 1 to 4 PM EDT.

TIGER Supply and Demand

In the first two rounds of TIGER grants, DOT received more than 2,500 applications and requests far outstripped available funds (see table). Funded projects have included several streetcar projects, including ones in Atlanta and Salt Lake City, intermodal transit stations and significant pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure projects.  

Read the full Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) and Application Resources at http://www.dot.gov/tiger/

 View Secretary LaHood’s press release announcing the availability of funds: http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2011/dot7611.html

 View a map of the last two rounds of TIGER grants here.