The funding is limited and competitive, but it’s another funding opportunity for local agencies out there.
Over the last two years, the response to our popular TIGER (that’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program has been overwhelming. We’ve already provided $2.1 billion for 126 projects that are creating jobs and investing in transportation networks nationwide.
And we’re not stopping there.
I’m pleased to announce that we’re making an additional $527 million available for a third round of TIGER funding. We’re calling it TIGER 3, and we’re encouraging states, cities, and local governments to submit their applications.
Now, we expect these dollars to be in high demand. During the previous two rounds, DOT received more than 2,500 applications requesting more than $79 billion for transportation projects across the country.
But our competitive grant program will ensure that only the most beneficial and innovative transportation solutions are selected. Projects will be chosen based on their ability to:
- Contribute to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation,
- Upgrade the safety and quality of existing transportation infrastructure and facilities,
- Increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and
- Improve the quality of life in communities through better transportation choices and connections.The TIGER program is already funding high-impact road, bridge, rail, transit, streetcar, port, pedestrian, and bicycle projects in all 50 states and right here in Washington, DC.It’s building a multi-modal transit center in Kent, Ohio. It’s bringing streetcars to Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s helping to complete a 128-mile regional network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities around Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. And that’s justthe beginning.</p>
As I’ve said before, TIGER is not just another grant program. It’s a new way of recognizing merit that breaks through old formulas and rewards American innovation that serves American communities. And I can’t wait to get this new round of funding out the door.