The U.S. Department of Transportation has been authorized to award $474 million for the fifth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grants, in accordance with the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, for investments in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives.
As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the fiscal year 2013 TIGER program will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or region. Projects eligible for TIGER grants include highways and bridges, public transportation, passenger and freight rail transportation and marine port infrastructure investments. Applications are due June 3, 2013, and the 2013 Appropriations Act requires that TIGER funds be obligated before Oct. 1, 2014.
Grants may range in size from $10 million to $200 million. Grants to rural areas may be for less than $10 million, but must be more than $1 million. No less than $120 million must be awarded to projects in rural areas.
The appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the TIGER program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Because of the similarity in program structure, the DOT will continue to refer to the program as “TIGER Discretionary Grants.”
Congress dedicated $1.5 billion for TIGER I, $600 million for TIGER II, $527 million for fiscal year 2011 and $500 million for the fiscal year 2012 round of TIGER grants. The four previous rounds of TIGER provided a total of $3.1 billion to support 218 projects in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than 4,050 applicants requested more than $105.2 billion during the previous rounds.
“TIGER 2013 will contribute to increased mobility for people and freight, and economic growth by helping to improve existing and develop new transportation facilities that will strengthen our competitiveness and create jobs,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a written statement.