Following on the success of the U.S. DOT’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program, it has announced the availability of $600 million in TIGER II grants for capital investment in surface transportation projects. TIGER II grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region, or metropolitan area and can create jobs.
Primary selection criteria include contributing to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation, improving the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, improving energy efficiency, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The DOT will also give priority to projects that are expected to quickly create and preserve jobs and stimulate rapid increases in economic activity.
Applications are due Aug. 23 from state and local governments.