DOT announces TIGER III grants to fund transit, road repair

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $511 million in funding for 46 transportation projects through the agency’s third round of its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

This extremely popular program received 848 project applications from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, requesting a total of $14.29 billion, far more than the $511 million made available for grants. The TIGER III grants will help communities move forward on a variety of transportation infrastructure projects including road and bridge improvements; transit upgrades; freight, port and rail expansions; and new options for bicyclists and pedestrians.

“The overwhelming demand for these grants clearly shows that communities across the country can’t afford to wait any longer for Congress to put Americans to work building the transportation projects that are critical to our economic future,” said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. “That’s why we’ve taken action to get these grants out the door quickly, and that is why we will continue to ask Congress to make the targeted investments we need to create jobs, repair our nation’s transportation systems, better serve the traveling public and our nation’s businesses, factories and farms, and make sure our economy continues to grow.”

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Smart growth news – November 3

Obama Says Crumbling Infrastructure Is Costly to Economy, Threatens Growth
Bloomberg, November 2, 2011
President Barack Obama said the deterioration of the nation’s highways, bridges, airports and ports is costly to U.S. business and threatens future economic growth.

US House speaker promotes transportation projects
Businessweek, November 1, 2011
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner spoke in favor Monday of pumping federal money into transportation construction and speeding regulatory review of those projects — comments that seemed to resonate in a region longing for new bridges to ease traffic snarls.

Transportation secretary ‘optimistic’ about infrastructure’s chances in Congress
The Hill, November 2, 2011
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday he’s optimistic legislation funding infrastructure projects could pass the Senate. “I’m optimistic, I think that if senators — both Republicans and Democrats — really are listening to people in their states they know that people are hurting,” he said Wednesday on MSNBC.

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LaHood discusses transit projects, American jobs at Railvolution

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been busy lately advocating for American jobs through transportation investment.

Earlier this week, Secretary LaHood was in Detroit to announce $928.5 million in federal investment to help fund more than 300 public transportation projects in urban, suburban, and rural areas throughout the U.S.

“Investing in America’s transit systems, rails, roads, ports, and airports will generate tens of thousands of construction-related jobs and put more money in the pockets of working Americans,” said Secretary Ray LaHood. “But we must do more. Congress needs to pass the American Jobs Act so we can continue to invest in critically needed projects like these, to repair and rebuild our nation’s transportation system.”

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