Ray LaHood Announces 568 Applications for TIGER Grants

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has submitted a TIGER grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation to obtain funding for the Skyway's expansion to Brooklyn. However, they won't be alone in their request for a piece of the grant's $474 million. 568 applications, totaling more than $9 billion have been received.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the strong demand for TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants continues as once again the number of applications has surpassed the available funding.

Applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation for TIGER 2013 grants totaled more than $9 billion, far exceeding the $474 million set aside for the program.  The Department received 568 applications from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.

“President Obama challenged us to improve our nation’s infrastructure to provide the transportation choices people and businesses want and the efficiency and safety they need,” said Secretary LaHood.  “TIGER projects do exactly that – across the country, they are helping relieve congestion, create jobs and generate lasting economic growth.”

On March 26, 2013, the President signed the FY 2013 appropriations act, which, after sequestration, provided $474 million for Department of Transportation national infrastructure investments. Like the first four rounds, TIGER 2013 grants are for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis.  This is the fifth round of TIGER funding.

The previous four rounds of the TIGER program provided $3.1 billion to 218 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  During the previous four rounds, the Department of Transportation received more than 4,050 applications requesting more than $105.2 billion for transportation projects across the country.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation press release

Speculative conceptual rendering of Brooklyn Skyway extension courtesy of Metro Jacksonville's Jason.