Innovative rural transportation projects using TIGER funds

The following guest post, written by Alia Anderson at Reconnecting America, is part of an ongoing series by Smart Growth America and our partner organizations to highlight the unique funding opportunity available to rural communities through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER program. Crossposted from Reconnecting America.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced on July 1, 2011 that it would offer a third round of the popular Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, which fund innovative, job-creating transportation projects. USDOT is authorized to award $526.944 million through the program. At least $141 million of the program funds will be reserved for projects in rural areas. The required set aside for rural communities represents nearly 27% of total TIGER funds, which is an increase from the portion directed toward rural places in the prior two rounds of funding.


Upcoming webinar: TIGER grants and rural America

The US Department of Transportation has announced a new grant opportunity for rural communities across the country. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program is a great opportunity for rural communities to leverage federal funds for local transportation projects. To help communities apply these very competitive grants, the American Public Transportation Association, the National Association of Development Organizations, the National League of Cities, PolicyLink, Reconnecting America, Rural Assembly, Smart Growth America, and Transportation for America have joined together to encourage rural communities to submit superior applications for this funding.

If you plan to apply for this year’s round of TIGER grants or wish to learn more about the program and the application process, join us for a webinar on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT. The webinar will provide basic tips for outreach and education about the TIGER program, including an overview of TIGER, discussion of innovative rural transportation projects, and examples from two successful rural projects from earlier TIGER grant cycles.


DOT announces funding to be available for TIGER program

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that $527 million will be available for the third round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program. TIGER grants fund innovative transportation projects that create jobs and have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area.

For this round of grants, projects will be selected based on their ability to contribute to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation, improve the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, improve energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improve the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and improve the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections. DOT will also focus on projects that are expected to quickly create and preserve jobs and spur rapid increases in economic activity.


Transportation for America releases interactive map of TIGER and TIGER II projects

Transportation for America has compiled a Google map that shows every transportation project funded through TIGER and TIGER II — check out the fully interactive version on their website, where you can click on any place marker for detailed information on that project. See T4A’s interactive TIGER Map You may also be interested in EPA’s … Continued


Congressional offices announce some TIGER II awards in advance of official release

Exciting Assignment – Light Rail!, originally uploaded by Daniel Greene. In advance of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s official announcement anticipated this week, news is already beginning to spread of towns and cities that have been awarded TIGER II construction and planning grants. Headlines about the awardees continue to crop up just about as fast … Continued


Sec. LaHood signs first TIGER transit grant agreement in Kent, Ohio

Wondering what the TIGER grant recipient projects look like? The first of 51 grant agreements has been signed and work can now move forward on this successfully funded project in Kent, Ohio: “Soon residents of Kent will benefit from a 325,000 square foot project that combines a bus transfer station with public parking, retail and … Continued


Six Months of Complete Streets

As July unfolds before us, we look back on the progress of the Complete Streets movement since the year began: We’ve seen incredible progress federally, and we celebrated two new state laws. Eighteen communities have committed to complete streets since January, and we released a Best Practices report on policies and implementation.

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