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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.

Appendix B TIGER 2013 NOFA

Applications for TIGER Discretionary Grants must be submitted through Grants.gov. To apply for funding through Grants.gov, applicants must be properly registered. Complete instructions on how to register and apply can be found at www.grants.gov. If interested parties experience difficulties at any point during registration or application process, please call the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726, Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

Appendix A TIGER 2013 NOFA

Each applicant should provide evidence that the expected benefits of the project justify the costs (recognizing that some costs and benefits are difficult to quantify). If it is clear that the benefits do not justify the costs, the Department will not award a TIGER Discretionary Grant to the project. Benefits include the extent to which residents of the United States as a whole are made better off as a result of the project.

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