Filing Date:

Varies—contact your local U.S. DOT official to learn more.

Eligibility:

State, tribal and local governments, transit agencies, port authorities, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and multi-jurisdictional entities.

Description:

Funds may be requested for public transportation projects, passenger and freight rail transportation projects and intermodal facilities. Priority is given to projects that have a significant impact on long-term outcomes such as improved state of good repair; economic competitiveness; fostering livable communities through place-based policies and investments that increase transportation choices and access to transportation services for people in communities across the United States; environmental sustainability; job creation and economic stimulus; and partnership leading to the integration of transportation with other public service efforts.

The application process consists of a pre-application and an application. The pre-application is used to ensure that the proposed project’s NEPA process is complete or substantially complete; the USDOT will not evaluate applications for projects that have not made substantial progress in the environmental review process. The pre-application must also identify sufficient, committed local matching funds to support 20 percent or more of the costs of the project. The application addresses the project in depth and explains how it meets the selection criteria concerning long-term outcomes.

For example, the city of Niagara Falls, New York received $16.5 million in Tiger II Discretionary Grants to complete the third and final phase of its International Railway Station. This phase will relocate Amtrak’s passenger terminal from a site outside the city center to a downtown location. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified passenger rail terminal will accommodate multimodal operations (bus/taxi/park and ride, etc.) and establish an intermodal transportation center for the city. The project will improve freight and passenger rail efficiency by eliminating conflict points and addressing passenger safety concerns such as speeding border crossings into Canada.

Financing:

Individual awards can be $10-$200 million. As usual, the federal share is up to 80 percent of project costs with a 20 percent local match. Each fiscal year, a specified amount is reserved for projects in rural areas, where 100 percent of project costs are eligible for funding and project awards can be as low as $1 million. No one state can receive more than 25 percent of program funds.

Funding:

$500 million (FY 2012)
$474 million (FY 2013)
$600 million (FY 2014)
$500 million (FY 2015)
$500 million (FY 2016)

Additional Information:

U.S. Department of Transportation – TIGER