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The TIGER returns

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.

Map of U.S. showing locations of TIGER 2013 projects

State legislators know the value of transportation investments

When we talk in Washington, DC, about the challenge of financing the transportation maintenance and improvements needed in every state in America, members of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) know exactly what we mean.

After all, our state legislators are the ones who have to figure out how to stretch a budget so their state can modernize a key airport. They're the ones who have to cast the difficult votes that mean their state can fix one road but not another...

New Memorial Bridge: Innovation at Work

Today it was great to be back in Portsmouth to celebrate the opening of the new Memorial Bridge, a vital connector for the people of both New Hampshire and Maine.  I was here 18 months ago, on a cold February day, to see some of the demolition work on the old bridge, and it’s fair to say we wouldn’t have been there today without a tremendous team effort by the leadership, congressional delegations and transportation officials of both states.

That teamwork was especially helpful in securing a $20 million TIGER grant that helped move this project forward.  The bridge is a perfect example of what transportation is all about.  It links cities and states.  It joins communities and families.  It supports jobs and businesses.

Revitalizing St. Louis Arch will increase access, create jobs

Since the iconic Gateway Arch opened nearly 50 years ago, its grounds have been separated from downtown St. Louis by Interstate 70. Today, it was a pleasure to join my Cabinet colleague Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in breaking ground on a project that will finally connect this famous landmark with the rest of downtown.

When completed, the "Park Over The Highway" project that began today will be source of national pride for years to come.

Video shows progress of Kansas City-area TIGER projects

Earlier this month, in a post about the opening of the Mission Transit Center, we included a video from the Kansas City area's Mid-America Regional Council. Today, we've got the latest video in MARC’s TIGER series, a May 2013 progress report highlighting the transportation improvements TIGER is bringing to Kansas City.

Thanks to MARC for keeping the region's residents--and all of us--updated on the TIGER front!

DOT using innovative financing to move passenger rail forward

In cities and towns across the country, rail investments lead to more jobs, increased private sector buy-in, and better infrastructure for everyone. It’s a true win-win-win situation. And to fully realize the potential for rail in America, we must continue investing federal resources and leveraging them with our public and private sector partners.

That's the essence of what I said at a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on Innovative Rail Financing earlier this week. Funding the passenger rail investments America needs is an important challenge; fortunately DOT has a lot to build on.

Photo of new Amtrak Cities Sprinter locomotive built by Siemens in the U.S.

TIGER to power Port of Northern Montana Multimodal Hub Center

To get agricultural and manufacturing products to world markets, producers need to transport them in shipping containers that are standardized for trucks, trains, and ships. Unfortunately, businesses in Montana can't ship or receive containerized international cargo effectively because the state lacks an inland port capable of accepting and delivering intermodal unit trains.

That's where DOT's TIGER program comes in. This competitive grant program was designed to support transportation solutions that also generate economic growth. And today the program continued its track record of doing exactly that with a grant of $10 million for the Port of Northern Montana Multimodal Hub Center to expand the capacity of Montana’s producers.

“The Multimodal Hub Center will provide Montana with an inland port that will help increase trade and create economic opportunities for its residents and businesses,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Photo of a freight train near Shelby, Montana

FTA celebrates opening of the Mission Transit Center

TIGER-funded project improves transit service for Kansas City area riders

Photo of Downtown-bound bus at Mission Transit Center

Earlier this week, the Federal Transit Administration celebrated the opening of the new Mission Transit Center that will significantly enhance Johnson County Transit service--known as The JO--and connect thousands of daily riders to jobs and other destinations in the Kansas City region. DOT helped fund the project as one part of a $50 million TIGER grant to revitalize key neighborhoods in Kansas City’s urban area and improve access to jobs throughout the region.

For Fast Lane readers, we've got a 2011 video from before construction by the Kansas City area's Mid-America Regional Council showing MARC's plans for the center; follow the jump to compare the plans to images of the newly opened center!

Appendix C TIGER 2013 NOFA

      As applicants develop their applications, there are some guidelines on project readiness that they should consider. The TIGER Discretionary Grant funds are available for a limited period of time (DOT’s ability to obligate the funds expires on September 30, 2014), and DOT may be unable to obligate the TIGER Discretionary Grant funds to a project if certain milestones and approvals have not yet been completed. Because of this deadline for obligation, it is important that the application package include concrete evidence of project milestones achieved and remaining, financial capacity and commitment in order to support project readiness.

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