The U.S. Department of Transportation
(U.S. DOT) will provide $600 million for 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia through its TIGER
(Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2014 program.
The U.S. DOT received 797 eligible applications from 49 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, an increase from the 585 applications received in 2013. Overall, applicants requested 15 times the $600 million available for the program, or $9 billion for needed transportation projects.
“As uncertainty about the future of long-term federal funding continues, this round of TIGER will be a shot in the arm for these innovative, job-creating and quality of life-enhancing projects,” said Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “We're building bridges from Maine to Mississippi. We're creating ladders of opportunity for the middle-class and those seeking to enter the middle-class by investing in transit, road and rail projects from Los Angeles to Detroit to New York City, increasing access to jobs and quality of life. For every project we select, however, we must turn dozens more away — projects that could be getting done if Congress passed the GROW AMERICA Act, which would double the funding available for TIGER and growing the number of projects we could support.”
Projects funded through this round of TIGER support several key transportation goals, including improving access to jobs and creating new “Ladders of Opportunity,” according to the U.S. DOT. This round of TIGER invests in projects designed to cut down on travel times, increase predictability and, in some cases, attract new middle-class jobs into communities.
For information on each individual TIGER grant, click here.