USDOT: Substantial demand underscores need for TIGER grants

August 3, 2015

Applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation‘s seventh round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants totaled $9.8 billion, almost 20 times the $500 million set aside for the program, demonstrating the continued need for transportation investment nationwide.

The demand for infrastructure investments from across the nation and for all types of transportation projects, has been overwhelming, USDOT says. Among the 625 applications received this year, 60 percent are road projects, 18 percent are transit projects and eight percent are rail projects; with port and bicycle-pedestrian applications each representing six percent of the total. The department received 625 eligible construction applications from all 50 states and U.S. territories. There were 565 such applications in 2014.

“The consistent number of high-quality projects we’re unable to fund through TIGER every year demonstrates the need for Congress to act to give more communities access to this vital lifeline,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “That is why we proposed doubling TIGER in the GROW AMERICA Act.”

 

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