Transportation projects across the country were funded last week with nearly $500 million in federal grants. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the winners of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program at the White House.
TIGER grants are highly competitive and support projects that are typically more difficult to fund through traditional federal programs, such as multi-modal or multi-jurisdictional projects. This year’s grants focused on projects that generate economic development as well as improve safety.
“For the eighth year running, TIGER will inject critical infrastructure dollars into communities across the country,” said Secretary Foxx. “This unique program rewards innovative thinking and collaborative solutions to difficult and sometimes dangerous transportation problems. A great TIGER program doesn’t just improve transportation; it expands economic opportunity and transforms a community.”
Among the awarded projects, the I-579 Cap Urban Connector Project in Pennsylvania received $19 million in TIGER funds to help construct a $32 million cap connector structure over crosstown highway in downtown Pittsburgh. The project is meant to promote pedestrian safety in a high crash rate area and will include a new bus stop, bike sharing station, pedestrian signals, improved crosswalks and sidewalks.
The city of Natchez, Miss. was another TIGER grant recipient for its bridge rehabilitation project. A grant of $10 million was awarded to upgrade five structurally deficient railroad truss bridges. The total cost of the project is more than $14 million and it will include replacing a failing culvert and installing safety improvements at about 20 public crossings. The current rail line doesn’t support rail cars loaded at the industry standard weight and restricts speed to 10 miles per hour on the bridges and culvert.
New passenger rail service was funded in San Bernardino, Calif., with a TIGER grant of more than $8 million. The Redlands Passenger Rail Project will utilize a total of more than $262 million to build passenger rail connecting cities in San Bernardino County to the San Bernardino Transit Center. In addition to passenger service, the rail corridor enhancements will allow for significantly increased speeds for freight trains using the line.
See the full list of 2016 TIGER awards below or visit www.transportation.gov/tiger-2016-project-fact-sheets for more information.
- City of Mobile, Ala., $14,465,044
- Little Rock Port Authority $6,185,400
- City of Live Oak, Calif., $10,000,000
- County of San Bernardino, Calif., DBA San Bernardino Associated Government $8,678,312
- Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority $15,000,000
- San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District $6,321,688
- Colorado Department of Transportation $15,000,000
- City of New Haven, Conn., $20,000,000
- Delaware Transit Corporation $10,000,000
- Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization $11,443,371
- City of Atlanta $10,000,000
- Port Authority of Guam $10,000,000
- City of Des Moines $8,000,000
- Chicago Transit Authority $25,000,000
- City of Springfield, Ill., $14,000,000
- Madison County, Ind., $13,500,000
- Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government $14,095,887
- Maryland Department of Transportation $10,000,000
- Montgomery County, Md., $10,000,000
- Maine Department of Transportation $10,525,000
- City of Flint, Mich., $20,000,000
- Scott County, Minn., $17,700,000
- City of Natchez, Miss., $10,000,000
- City of Goldsboro, N.C., $5,000,000
- City of Camden, N.J., $16,200,000
- Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada $13,324,000
- Albany Port District Commission $17,629,800
- City of Akron, Ohio, $5,000,000
- Cleveland Metropolitan Park District $7,950,000
- Port of Portland, Ore., $7,329,000
- Borough of Carlisle, Pa., $5,000,000
- Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County $19,000,000
- Rhode Island Department of Transportation $13,100,000
- Horry County Government, S.C., $9,765,620
- Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota $14,620,000
- Tennessee Department of Transportation $10,000,000
- City of Brownsville, Texas, $10,000,000
- Utah Transit Authority $20,000,000
- Virgin Islands Port Authority $10,666,878
- Port of Everett, Wash., $10,000,000