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US communities seek $9.3bn in transport grants

7 Jun 16 Communities across the USA have applied for a total of US$9.3bn (£6.45bn) in grants under a programme that will be paying out no more than US$500m.

Anthony Foxx
Anthony Foxx

The US Department of Transportation has received 585 applications for its 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (Tiger) grant programme.

The program, which is now in its eighth year, has continued to attract overwhelming demand from communities of all sizes, with 337 applications coming from urban areas and 248 from rural communities. “Communities across the country know that if we want a strong, multimodal transportation system that will meet our needs in the future, we need to make meaningful investments today,” said transportation secretary Anthony Foxx. “As we have seen year after year, there are far more worthy projects than we can fund through Tiger, demonstrating the need for a serious, long-term investment in transportation funding.”

Like the first seven rounds, 2016 Tiger discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region. The 2016 Tiger grant programme focuses on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural.  

The Tiger grant program supports innovative projects, including multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects. These federal funds enable further money to be leveraged from private sector partners, states, local, and tribal governments, metropolitan planning organisations, ports and transit agencies.  

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