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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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