The TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program was included in the Recovery Act to spur a national competition for innovative, multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional transportation projects that promise significant economic and environmental benefits to an entire metropolitan area, a region or the nation. Projects funded with the $1.5 billion allocated in the Recovery Act include improvements to roads, bridges, rail, ports, transit and intermodal facilities.
In an overwhelming show of demand for the program, the U.S. Department of Transportation was flooded with more than 1,400 applications from all 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia requesting funding for almost $60 billion worth of projects - 40 times the amount available through the program.
Awardees were selected based on their contribution to economic competitiveness of the nation, improving safety and the condition of the existing transportation system, increasing quality of life, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrating strong collaboration among a broad range of participants, including the private sector.
Projects were funded in large cities as well as rural and tribal communities across the country and were selected based on merit. Selected projects represent some of the most innovative projects as well as multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects that are often overlooked by the existing funding system. The winning TIGER projects highlighted the diversity of transportation needs throughout the U.S. from grand Moynihan Station in New York City, which will carry millions of train and subway riders each year to "the most beautiful drive in America" - Wyoming's Beartooth Highway - the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. They ranged from major billion dollar freight rail corridors in the Midwest and South, to bridge repairs in Oklahoma and South Carolina to port projects in Maine and Hawaii.
TIGER funds will also help construct the Union Passenger Terminal/Loyola Streetcar Loop in New Orleans, make safety improvements to a key highway in New Mexico Najavo country and spur economic growth in Appalachia through the Appalachian Regional Short Line Rail Project and the Gateway Project.
The U.S. Department of Transportation required rigorous economic justifications for projects more than $100 million and will require all recipients to report on their activities on a routine basis.
Grant winners include:
•Crescent Corridor Intermodal Freight Rail Project, Tenn., Ala. $105,000,000 •CREATE Program Projects, Ill. $100,000,000
• National Gateway Freight Rail Corridor, Ohio, Pa., W.Va., Md. $98,000,000 • Moynihan Station, Phase 1 N.Y. $ 83,000,000
• Tucson Modern Streetcar, Ariz. $ 63,000,000
• Fitchburg Commuter Rail Extension & Wachusett Station, Mass, $55,500,000 • New Orleans Streetcar - Union Passenger Terminal/Loyola Loop, La. $45,000,000
• Saint Paul Union Depot Multi-Modal Transit and Transportation Hub, Minn. $35,000,000
• Alameda Corridor East: Colton Crossing, Calif. $33,800,000
• M1/Woodward Avenue Light Rail Project, Mich. $ 25,000,000
• Portland's Innovation Quadrant - SW Moody St. & Streetcar Reconstruction, Ore. $23,203,988
• Downtown Dallas Streetcar, Texas. $23,000,000
• Normal Multimodal Transportation Center, Ill. $ 22,000,000 Park
• Revere Transit Facility & Streetscape Mass. $20,000,000
• Fast Track New Bedford, Mass. $20,000,000
• Port of Gulfport Rail Improvements, Miss. $20,000,000
• Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Transit Facility, Ohio. $20,000,000
• Appalachian Regional Short Line Rail Project, Ken., W.Va., Tenn. $17,551,028
• Ames Intermodal Facility, Iowa. $8,463,000
• The Southwestern Illinois Intermodal Freight Transportation Hub, Ill. $6,000,000
• Millwork District Multimodal Improvements, Iowa. $5,600,000