Last week Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Greg Nadeau and I had the opportunity to see how transportation projects funded through DOT's TIGER program are improving the quality of life in Virginia and Arkansas.
The TIGER transformations are something worth seeing. Which is why I travelled to Richmond to announce a TIGER grant that will rehabilitate the Lexington Delta Frame Bridges along I-64 in Rockbridge County.
I-64 is an economic fulcrum in the Old Dominion. It serves commuters, tourists, Virginia’s economy, and the nation--in part by providing vital access for freight heading to and from the Hampton Roads ports.
The City of Foley is very excited to be a recipient of a $4.7 million TIGER Grant. The infrastructure improvements this award will fund include safe bicycle and pedestrian paths for residents and visitors throughout the community, and they will certainly have a very positive effect on our citizens.
For years, a fact of life in Foley has been that our city is divided into four quadrants by the two major highways that intersect the city. Because of the grid created by the highways, key areas of the city, including the library and centrally located 6-acre park have not been easy to access except by car.
TIGER funding from DOT will allow all four quadrants of the city to be more easily accessible with bicycle and pedestrian improvements that will create safe paths for better connectivity. These changes will promote walking and biking, and will enhance both quality of life and recreational opportunities.
Vice President Biden announces $10 million DOT TIGER award to expand capacity
At the Department of Transportation, we know firsthand the role transportation plays in moving our economy forward. And that’s literally what takes place at the Port of Baltimore every day.
Moving cargo is the lifeblood of our economy. And our ports are essential to growing our nation's exports.
That’s why, yesterday, I joined Vice President Biden to announce a $10 million DOT TIGER grant for the port that will expand a busy terminal and allow the deepening of a key navigation channel to proceed.
Together, these improvements will increase efficiency at the Port, reduce shipping costs for auto exporters; and allow shippers to take advantage of the new, larger container ships that will soon be coming through the expanded Panama Canal. As the Vice President said, "If we make it in America ... we’ve got to be able to ship it around the world."
Photo courtesy Office of the Vice President
We are elated that DOT has recognized the potential of our continued efforts to revitalize our community through downtown investment here in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The TIGER grant award of $10 million to Goldsboro for our Main Street Revitalization project is nothing short of amazing.
Our project partners livability and transportation infrastructure needs into one effort that--when coupled with our national Main Street™--approach towards downtown revitalization, will result in immense returns for Goldsboro. We are very fortunate to have had the foresight through leadership and dedication that prepared us to be competitive enough to earn this significant award from DOT's TIGER program. And we are especially grateful for DOT having the confidence to invest in us.
Wherever you live--a big city, a small community, wherever--you should have safe, reliable access to jobs, schools, medical care, and stores. And wherever you operate your business--whether that business is a family farm or a manufacturing plant--you should be able to move your goods to the market.
America will be defined as a nation by whether we can connect every citizen --rural or urban-- to the 21st Century economy.
That’s why, when it came time to award DOT's fifth round of TIGER grants, I was proud to announce that nearly half of the projects selected support rural areas of the country--and that's our biggest rural share to date.
Thanks in part to DOT's TIGER program, Lee County, Florida, is on the brink of transformation.
Twenty-two percent of recent roadway crashes in Lee County involve injuries or fatalities to pedestrians or bicyclists. That is more than twice the national average. Last spring, then-Secretary LaHood went to Tampa to host a summit on improving bike and pedestrian safety. He vowed to work with nearby Lee County to help reduce those numbers.
So I’m proud to announce that DOT is providing a $10.4 million TIGER grant to complete a safe, integrated bike and pedestrian network in Lee County. With this grant to Lee County, we’re addressing one of our top priorities – safety.
Projects support President Obama’s call to create ladders of opportunity, ‘Fix it First,’ and support economic growth
I am proud to announce that DOT's TIGER is back. In this latest round of our Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery competitive grant program, 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of $474 million.
The projects TIGER supports ensure a stronger transportation system for future generations by repairing existing roads, bridges, rail, and transit; connecting people to new jobs and opportunities; and contributing to our nation’s economic growth. These projects are the best argument for increased investment in America's transportation infrastructure.
Energy production is booming in the United States. The volume of crude oil moving by rail has quadrupled in less than a decade, and most of that movement occurs safely and without incident. Over the past decade, train accidents have declined by 43 percent and accidents involving a hazardous materials release are down 16 percent.
But at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, we know there is always more we can do.
That is why today we are asking for public input on how to enhance the safe transportation of hazmat by rail, including changes to the DOT 111 tank car.
It's "Back to School" time, the season when the daylight hours grow shorter and our roads grow busier. It's also time to get street smart.
Fewer daylight hours can make it harder for motorists to see young students. So, whether your kids are walking, riding a bicycle, or catching a school bus or other public transportation to travel to and from school, please take a few moments to talk to them about safety.
On its Parents Central website, our National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers a wide range of safe transportation practices for kids on the move.
Springfield, MO, transit riders will benefit from renovated facility
If you lived in Springfield, Missouri during the early 20th century, chances are that you might have relied on a mule-drawn streetcar to get to work, purchase goods at the market, or visit family.
And while many Springfield residents today use a more modern form a public transportation –transit buses– the need for a safe, reliable, and efficient way to get around remains the same.