USDOT Announces TIGER III Award Recipients
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced the recipients of the third round of TIGER grants. USDOT is awarding a total of $511 million to 46 innovative transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico. The program was heavily oversubscribed, with only about 5% of the 848 applicants receiving awards. The total amount requested from all applicants was $14.29 billion. While road projects make up approximately half of the awards, a quarter of these ($64 million worth) are complete streets projects aimed at making the roads more accommodating to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other users. Transit projects constitude 29% of the awards, following by port (21%) and freight rail (10%) investments. Altogether, TIGER grants will fund ten different transportation modes. Communities large and small received awards. Thirty percent of the $511 million will go to projects in twenty rural communities.
In his press release announcing the awards, USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood emphasized the potential jobs that will be created out of these projects. He stated:
“The overwhelming demand for these grants clearly shows that communities across the country can’t afford to wait any longer for Congress to put Americans to work building the transportation projects that are critical to our economic future,” said Secretary LaHood. “That’s why we’ve taken action to get these grants out the door quickly, and that is why we will continue to ask Congress to make the targeted investments we need to create jobs, repair our nation’s transportation systems, better serve the traveling public and our nation’s businesses, factories and farms, and make sure our economy continues to grow."
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program provides funding to innovative transportation projects that will have a significant national or regional impact. According to the USDOT website, projects are chosen
“For their ability to contribute to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation, improve the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, increase energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improve the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and enhance the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections. The Department also gives priority to projects that are expected to create and preserve jobs quickly and stimulate increases in economic activity.”
In previous rounds, the USDOT awarded TIGER grants to 126 transportation projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Combined wit this third round, the USDOT has received over 3,200 applications requesting $93 billion, far more than the $2.6 billion available, according to Transportation for America.
A map of TIGER grantees from all three funding rounds is available on Transportation for America’s website here.
The official press release is available here.
The full list of awards is available here.