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U.S. DOT Announces $600 Million for TIGER

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of $600 million for the Transportation and Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program to be awarded on a competitive basis. This round of TIGER funds is a 26 percent increase over fiscal year 2013. To date, TIGER has awarded $3.5 billion to 270 transportation projects across the United States, including $474 million for 52 projects in 2013.

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The TIGER 2014 grant program will target projects that support reliable, safe, and affordable transportation options that improve connections for both urban and rural communities, making it easier for residents to reach work, school, and other ladders of opportunity. DOT will prioritize capital projects that create better connectivity for people to jobs and training opportunities, promote neighborhood redevelopment, and assist neighborhoods separated by physical barriers, such as highways and railroads.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, in a recent blog post, showed his support for bicycle-related projects and Complete Streets, funded by TIGER, noting that “in the past few years, our TIGER program has invested more than $150 million in projects that have helped improve bike networks across the country.” Secretary Foxx added, “We’ve built bike lanes and paths in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. We’ve constructed a network to link cyclists with downtown Indianapolis. And now, we’re looking forward to doing more.”

This announcement came as an early indicator of President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, released Tuesday, March 4, which calls for increased transportation infrastructure spending, including funding for TIGER. During a recent visit to St. Paul, Minnesota, President Obama announced his bold transportation goals for 2015 at the historic Union Depot train station that used TIGER to bring different modes of transportation under one hub instead of scattered across the city. The president pointed out that TIGER grants are helping cities and states across the nation rebuild their transportation networks to better meet the needs of their communities.

Landscape Architects have worked on countless TIGER projects that have transformed communities of all sizes across America. For more information on this recent round of TIGER grants, visit the U.S. Department of Transportation NOFA announcement.

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