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TIGER FY 2016 Discretionary Grants Available Now

By February 23, 2016 No Comments

Above: Federal, state and local dignitaries gathered to break ground for Raleigh Union Station in May 2015; the facility is funded in part with TIGER grants. L-R: Amtrak Senior Manager of State Corridors Jay McArthur, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Carlos Monje, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Congressman David Price and North Carolina Secretary of Transportation Anthony Tata. Photo courtesy of the city of Raleigh.

The U.S. DOT, Office of the Secretary, has announced the availability of $500 million to fund investments in road, rail, transit, intermodal and port projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. This funding falls under the popular Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery or “TIGER” program.

“The TIGER program funds vital transportation projects that provide real benefits to communities all across the country. Every year, we see hundreds of compelling applications that have the potential to improve people’s access to economic opportunities, make people safer, and improve their well-being,” said U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release.

Transit train in front of St. Paul Union Depot

Work to rehabilitate and expand St. Paul Union Depot was funded in part through a TIGER grant. Today it is a bustling intermodal center served by Amtrak, intercity and local buses and light rail service. Photo courtesy of the RCRRA.

State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of state or local governments, and multi-state or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant are eligible to apply for TIGER grants.

The grant program will focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities.

For projects located in urban areas, the minimum award is $5 million; for those located in rural areas, the minimum award is $1 million. The maximum award is $100 million. TIGER grants may be used for up to 80 percent of the costs of a project in an urban area; projects in rural areas are eligible for up to 100 percent federal funding.

Applications are due April 29, 2016.

Read about intercity passenger rail projects funded by TIGER grants in Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Raleigh, N.C.; Alton, Ill.; Rochester, N.Y. and St. Paul, Minn.

Visit the official TIGER FY 2016 website.