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585 Applicants Seek 2016 TIGER Grants

June 9, 2016

A total of 585 applications seeking $9.3 million have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the 2016 round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants.

Tiger grantsDOT said the requests are 18 times more than the $500 million in TIGER grant funding that is available.

The grant breakdown is 337 from urban areas and 248 from rural communities.  The TIGER program is now in its eighth year.

“As we have seen year after year, there are far more worthy projects than we can fund through TIGER, demonstrating the need for a serious, long-term investment in transportation funding,” said Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in a statement.

The competitive grants are used for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and must have a significant impact on the nation, city or a region.

This year’s program is focusing on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation in urban or rural communities.

More than $4.6 billion in TIGER grants have awarded since 2009 for 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

$500M Set for 2016 TIGER Grants

February 24, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation will have a $500 million pot of money to distribute this year in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants.

It will be the eighth year in which TIGER grants have been awarded to fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure.

Tiger grantsThe grants are awarded on a competitive basis for projects determined to have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

DOT said in a news release that TIGER grants focus on capital projects that improve existing conditions, generate economic development and improve access to transportation in urban and rural communities.

Although the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 does not provide dedicated funding for the planning, preparation, or design of capital projects, those activities may be funded as part of an overall construction project.

Since 2009, TIGER grants have totaled nearly $4.6 billion and funded 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

DOT said it has processed more than 6,700 applications requesting more than $134 billion for transportation projects.

$6.8M TIGER Grant to Be Used to Improve Dispatch Systems of Rural Ohio Transit Systems

November 4, 2015

Although no railroad projects in Ohio received a TIGER grant this year, the Ohio Department of Transportation did receive a $6,839,860 award to be used to improve the communications, scheduling and dispatching of more than 30 rural transit operators.

The $7.3 million project will involve development of technology improvements for communication/scheduling/ dispatching technology, improve rural transit operators’ eligibility for rural transit grants, and eliminate base-to-vehicle communication gaps in rural areas.

At present, many rural operators use pencil and paper scheduling, and dispatchers are often unable to communicate with drivers en route.

Having a better dispatching system is expected to improve customer satisfaction by providing more efficient on-time demand-responsive and fixed route operations.

This, in turn, is expected to lead to more efficient operation of vehicles, lower costs for transportation providers and clients, and more economical use of transit vehicles.

A more reliable communications system will allow rural transit operators to respond to emergency situations more rapidly and drivers to remain with their vehicles when involved in an emergency or an incident, thereby improving safety.

No Ohio Rail Projects Get 2015 TIGER Grant

October 31, 2015

No Ohio rail project applications made the final cut when it came time to hand out the 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants.

The U.S. Department of Transportation this past week announced that 16 rail-related projects had won TIGER grants.

The Ports of Indiana was awarded $10 million to construct a double rail loop and rail-to-barge transfer facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

The project also includes construction of a nearly mile-long siding extension that will allow railroads to deliver a 90-car unit train to the port. The project will also construct a truck-to-rail intermodal facility to accommodate increasing truck traffic expected from the East End Bridge over the Ohio River.

Buffalo, New York, received $18 million to o rebuild the lower Main Street segment of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Metro Rail light rail service.

The Metra commuter rail agency of Chicago received $15 million to replace a bridge over the Fox River in Elgin, Illinois, on a route owned by Canadian Pacific.

The TIGER grants were begun in 2009. This year there were 627 eligible applications that collectively sought $10.1 billion when there was just $500 million available.

The applications came from all 50 states. Grants were awarded to 39 projects in 34 states and more than $245 million was awarded to rail-related projects.

TIGER Grant Requests Exceed Funds Available

August 3, 2015

As in previous years, there are far more applicants for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) grants than there are funds.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said it has received requests totaling $9.8 billion, which is almost 20 times the amount of the $500 million in funding available.

Among the 625 applications received this year, 60 percent are road projects, 18 percent are transit projects and 8 percent are rail projects. Port and bicycle-pedestrian applications each represented 6 percent of the total, DOT said in a news release.

The number of applications is up from the 565 received in 2014 and came from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Last year DOT awarded $584.1 million for 72 capital and planning projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

The TIGER program offers federal funding possibilities for large multimodal projects that are considered “transformative” in nature.

The federal dollars leverage money from private-sector partners, state and local government, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies.

“The consistent number of high quality projects we’re unable to fund through TIGER every year demonstrates the need for Congress to act to give more communities access to this vital lifeline,” said Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

Since 2009, the TIGER program has provided a $4.1 billion to 342 projects. During the previous six rounds, USDOT received more than 6,000 applications requesting more than $124 billion.

Amtak FY2014 Funding to Increase

January 17, 2014
Passengers board a late-running eastbound Lake Shore Limited at Cleveland on Jan. 10. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

Passengers board a late-running eastbound Lake Shore Limited at Cleveland on Jan. 10. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

Amtrak will score an increase in funding in the omnibus fiscal year 2014 budget bill that Congress is expected to pass. As a whole, transportation received $71.1 billion, which is a reduction of $1 billion from the FY2012 appropriation. 

Lawmakers allocated $1.39 billion to Amtrak, which is a $46 million increase over its FY 2013 appropriation.

Fueling the increase is a $1.05 billion capital budget (including $199 million for debt service, $50 million for American With Disabilities Act spending, and $20 million for Northeast Corridor-specific programs).

Amtrak’s operating budget was cut by $102 million although the railroad has an option to “flex” $40 million in capital spending to operations if needed.

The bill also includes $10 million in Department of Homeland Security funding for Amtrak and $23.5 million for the Amtrak Inspector General.

The bill imposes on Amtrak limits on overtime for employees and a prohibition on federal support for routes on which Amtrak offers a discount of 50 percent or more off normal, peak fares. An exception to the latter is made when the loss from the discount is covered by the state and the state participates in setting the fares.

Repealed in the bill is restrictive language included in the Hurricane Sandy relief act pertaining to Amtrak’s access to approximately $80 million in fiscal 2013 capital recovery funds.

Public transit will receive $10.7 billion in FY2014, a $100 million reduction over the amount enacted in 2013.

The budget bill contains nothing for high-speed rail. The Office of Sustainable Communities and its Integrated Planning and Investment Grants, formerly known as the Regional Planning and Community Challenge Grants, received zero funding.

Multi-modal transportation programs fared well in the budget. Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) will get a 20 percent increasing in funding from $500 million in 2013 to $600 million in 2014.

That $500 million translated into $474 million in grants last year with some used for planning and administration. Some $20 million of the 2014 amount is earmarked for planning. The bill includes $17.8 billion in discretionary appropriations and $53.5 billion in “non-discretionary ‘obligation limitation’ funding” for highways, transit and safety, and some funding for airports.

The obligation limitation is the amount that agencies are allowed to spend, partly based on expected receipts from the Highway Trust Fund.

These figures are $164 million below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $4.9 billion below the president’s request.

MAP-21 funding levels for highways and transit will be maintained at $41 billion and $8.6 billion, respectively.

Much of the “highway” money can be used by states for transportation projects that aren’t highways.

In recent years Congress has been unable to agree on a budget so funding levels have essentially been frozen in place. Lawmakers then completed various deals and imposed sequesters without much strategy or forethought.

“For the first time since 2011, no mission of our government will be left behind on autopilot,” said Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski in a statement, noting that all 12 sections of the bill are complete.