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TIGER BCA Resource Guide (2014)

This BCA Resource Guide is a supplement to the 2014 Benefit-Cost Analysis Guidance for Tiger Grant Applicants also found on this site (  It provides technical information that Applicants will need for monetizing benefits and costs in their Benefit-Cost Analyses, as well as guidance on methodology and a selection of frequently asked questions from past TIGER grant applicants.

This guide is divided into three sections:

  1. Recommended Monetized Values
    For the purposes of providing as fair an “apples-to-apples” comparison as possible, applicants should use standard monetization values recommended in this section, which represent some of the values that are accepted for common practice at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  2. Technical Methodologies
    This section provides guidance on the technical details of monetizing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions costs according to the Social Cost of Carbon standard developed by Federal agencies, converting nominal dollars into real dollars, and calculating the value of fatalities and injuries from vehicular crashes.
  3. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    This section provides answers to frequently asked questions from past TIGER applicants, with topics ranging from the logistical to the technical.

TIGER Discretionary Grants

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Congress dedicated more than $4.1 billion to the program: $1.5 billion for TIGER I, $600 million for TIGER II, $526.944 million for FY 2011, $500 million for  FY 2012, $473.847 million for FY2013, and $600 million for the FY 2014 round of TIGER Grants to fund projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a region or a metropolitan area.


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