TIGER Discretionary Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded grants under six programs to surface transportation projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region. This program was first created in the 2009 Recovery Act, since which time USDOT has referred to these grants as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or "TIGER Discretionary Grants." Beginning with the Recovery Act and continuing through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 appropriations processes, Congress has provided DOT with six rounds of competitive grants totaling just over $4.2 billion for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. Since 2009, the TIGER program has awarded 342 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 117 projects to support rural and tribal communities.
The FY 2014 budget included $600 million in TIGER Discretionary Grants pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Pub. L. 113-76, January 17, 2014). As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the FY 2014 TIGER program were awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region. Forty-one capital construction projects and 31 planning projects in 46 states were awarded nearly $600 million from the TIGER 2014 program.
Congress authorized USDOT to award $473.847 million in TIGER Discretionary Grants pursuant to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L. 113-6, March 26, 2013). Fifty-two capital construction projects in 37 states were awarded $474 million from the TIGER 2013 program on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region.
On November 18, 2011, the President signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub. L. 112-055, Nov. 18, 2011) (FY 2012 Appropriations Act). The FY 2012 (FY12) Appropriations Act appropriated $500 million to be awarded by the Department of Transportation for National Infrastructure Investments. The Department of Transportation awarded 47 capital construction projects in 34 states and the District of Columbia a total of almost $500 million from the TIGER 2012 program.
In the FY11 budget, President Obama signed in April, $527 million was directed to the Department of Transportation for critical investments in the nation's transportation infrastructure. Projects were selected based on their ability to contribute to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation, improve the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, improve energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improve the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and improve the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections. The Department also focused on projects that are expected to quickly create and preserve jobs and spur rapid increases in economic activity. Forty-six capital construction projects 33 states and Puerto Rico were awarded a total of $511 million from the TIGER 2011 program.
Title I of the FY 2010 Appropriations Act appropriated $600 million, available through September 30, 2012, for National Infrastructure Investments. This appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the TIGER Discretionary Grant program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Recovery Act"). Because of the similarity in program structure, DOT is referring to the grants for National Infrastructure Investments under the FY 2010 Appropriations Act as "TIGER II Discretionary Grants". As with the TIGER program, funds for the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program were awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region.
Forty-two capital construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states were awarded a total of nearly $600 million from the TIGER II program for major infrastructure projects ranging from highways and bridges to transit, rail and ports.
Transportation Projects Competitively Funded Under TIGER II
Federal Register Notices
Grant Agreement Exhibits Templates
The USDOT received over 1400 applications totaling almost $60 billion for the $1.5 billion TIGER Discretionary Grant program created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. In February, 51 awards were announced for projects ranging from bridge replacements, freight rail corridor improvements, streetcar extensions, and bicycle/pedestrian networks. The largest grant award was $105 million for a multi-state freight rail project, and the average award size was $30 million.
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