Applications for Federal Transportation Grant Program Far Exceed Available Funding

As reported by Better Roads, applications for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant (TIGER) program far exceeded funding for the program.  Grant requests totaled over $9 billion for the $600 million program.

In a prepared statement, U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx offered his perspective on the large influx of applications.

“These applicants confirm what I saw as I traveled through eight states and 13 cities as part of my Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour last month – America is hungry for infrastructure investment,” said Secretary Foxx.  “The continued overwhelming demand for these grants demonstrates that communities want the kind of long-term funding our GROW AMERICA Act provides to build transportation projects across the country.”

As previously reported on Conduit Street, The GROW AMERICA Act, the Administration’s long-term transportation plan  was presented to Congress on April 29.

The statement also provides an overview of the TIGER Grant program.

The highly competitive TIGER program, which began as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, offers federal funding possibilities for large, game-changing multi-modal projects.  These federal funds leverage money from private sector partners, state, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies.  The $474 million awarded under TIGER 2013 supported $1.8 billion in overall project investments.

U.S. DOT received 797 eligible applications for fiscal 2014, compared to 585 in fiscal 2013.