The Department of Transportation on Thursday announced a slightly scaled-down version of its popular TIGER transportation infrastructure grant program for 2011.
The DOT said the program will issue grants totaling $527 million, compared with $600 million in 2010 and $1.5 billion in 2009, as part of the DOT’s share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. TIGER III was included in the 2011 federal budget agreement signed by President Obama in April.
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A DOT official said the department would receive preliminary applications from Aug. 22 through Oct. 3, with final applications due between Oct. 4 and Oct. 31. No date was given on when the grants would be awarded.
The DOT will host a half-day seminar and Webcast from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 18, to provide guidance for applicants.
The TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) programs have proved successful. In 2009 and 2010, the DOT disbursed $2.1 billion for 126 projects out of 2,500 applications for $79 billion in proposed work. State and local governments, port authorities and public-private ventures have been among the recipients. Projects have benefited virtually every transportation mode.
“Through the TIGER program, we can build transportation projects that are critical to America’s economic success and help complete those that might not move forward without this infusion of funding,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. “This competition empowers local communities to create jobs and build the transportation networks they need in order to win the future.”
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