The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) last week announced a list of 41 recipients of nearly $500 million in discretionary grant funding for road, transit, maritime and rail projects through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
“TIGER grants are targeted investments for our local communities that will increase safety, create jobs and modernize our country’s infrastructure,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a release.
More than 64% of this round of TIGER funding was awarded to rural projects, while tribal projects are receiving $39.18 million for this round of awards.
The primary selection criteria for TIGER awards include considerations for safety, state of good repair, economic competitiveness, quality of life and environmental sustainability for each project. Secondary criteria include innovation and partnerships.
U.S. DOT indicated in a release that the FY 2017 TIGER program gave special consideration to projects which emphasized improved access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for communities in rural areas, such as projects that improve infrastructure condition, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity, or facilitate economic growth or competitiveness.
A full list of the projects supported by the TIGER discretionary grants can be found here.
Source: U.S. DOT