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Issue Brief: U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program.


THE ISSUE

ASLA supports the authorization and funding of the TIGER program, which will increase opportunities for landscape architects to plan and design more multimodal transportation networks that allow all users to safely and efficiently access our nation’s rights-of-way.

Background & Analysis

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) is a supplementary discretionary grant program that was established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. While Congress has not authorized the program, Congress has dedicated more than $4.1 billion for six rounds of TIGER to fund projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a region or a metropolitan area.

TIGER has been extremely popular with state Departments of Transportation, local communities, and landscape architects, with applications far exceeding available funding in all six rounds of funding. TIGER applicants must detail the benefits their project would deliver for five long-term outcomes: safety; economic competitiveness; state of good repair; quality of life; and environmental sustainability. The U.S. DOT also evaluates projects on innovation, partnerships, project readiness, benefit cost analysis, and cost share.

Senator Patty Murray (WA) introduced S. 1748, legislation to authorize the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. Specifically, the bill would authorize the Secretary of Transportation to provide grants and Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans to states, local governments, ports, and transit agencies for critical transportation projects throughout the country. The measure also provides for up to $20,000,000 for grants that pay for the planning, preparation, or design of eligible projects.

Sponsor(s)

Senator Patty Murray (WA) and co-sponsors

Current Status

S. 1748 was introduced on July 9, 2015, and referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

History

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Since 2009, Congress has dedicated more than $4.1 billion for six rounds of TIGER to fund projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a region or a metropolitan area.

Resources

Sen. Murray Introduces TIGER Act to Boost Investment, Infrastructure in WA State
ASLA joins with 150 organizations in urging the U.S. Senate to authorize TIGER
U.S. DOT TIGER Discretionary Grants
TIGER: How To Apply
TIGER Projects Map

Related ASLA Policies

Transportation Corridors & Facilities

Contact

ASLA Government Affairs
governmentaffairs@asla.org 

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