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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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Highway improvements, modernization of port terminals, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, and rail projects are among 40 of the transportation projects nationwide that will share nearly $500 million in newly announced federal funding.

The Department of Transportation’s highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program will benefit projects in 32 states and two U.S. territories in 2016, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Friday (July 29).

“TIGER will inject critical infrastructure dollars into communities across the country,” Foxx said of the agency’s eighth year of TIGER funding, a competitive program that benefits innovative projects that will improve safety and economic opportunity.

Port of Albany
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Maritime infrastructure improvements at the Port of Albany are among the 40 transportation projects across the U.S. and its terrotories that will share nearly $500 million in federal funding through the Department of Transportation's 2016 TIGER program.

“This unique program rewards innovative thinking and collaborative solutions to difficult and sometimes dangerous transportation problems,” he added.

High Demand

As always, demand for program funds far outstripped available resources. A total of 585 applications seeking more than $9.3 billion were submitted for this round of funding, the DOT said.

Notably, the agency added, of the 40 grant recipients this year, nearly two-thirds were repeat applicants.

The TIGER program funds projects not served by other federal programs. In many cases, the grants serve as the final piece of funding for infrastructure projects that have gotten much of their support from other sources.

These federal funds are leveraged with money from private-sector partners, states, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies. While TIGER will supply $500 million in funding, these 40 projects represent $1.74 billion in overall project costs.

“A great TIGER program doesn’t just improve transportation; it expands economic opportunity and transforms a community,” said Foxx.

This year’s awards focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural, the DOT explained.

Project Highlights

A few examples of this year’s TIGER awards include:

  • $25 million to upgrade the Garfield Station on the “L’s” Green Line;
  • $19 million to Pittsburgh’s I-579 Cap Urban Connector Project;
  • $17.6 million for maritime infrastructure improvements at the Port of Albany;
  • $10 million to Texas for rehabilitation of a regional bus maintenance facility and a 2.4-mile long causeway;
  • $6.2 million for an inland port in Little Rock, AR;
  • $17.7 million for a highway freight interchange in Minnesota; and
  •  $9.8 million for a rural freight project that crosses the South Carolina/North Carolina border.

The full list of 2016 recipients and their project details is available here.

Funding History

The eight rounds of TIGER funding have provided a total of $5.1 billion to 421 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and tribal communities. Since 2009, the program has received more than 7,300 applications requesting more than $143 billion for transportation projects across the country.

TIGER funding is provided in the FY 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed by President Obama on Dec. 18, 2015.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Construction; Department of Transportation (DOT); Economy; Funding; Grants; Infrastructure; North America; Program/Project Management; Rail; Roads/Highways; Transportation

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