On Monday, April 26, the United States DOT released preliminary rules for “TIGER II” grants. In urban areas such as metro Atlanta, applicants may request from $10 million to $200 million for transportation projects that “have a significant impact on desirable long-term impacts for the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.” Unlike the original TIGER program, a minimum 20% financial match is required from applicants.
The selection process will give priority consideration to projects that extend the life cycle of existing facilities and systems, enhance the economic competitiveness of the U.S., foster livable communities, improve environmental sustainability, improve safety, create jobs, and promote innovation and partnerships. A “robust” benefit/cost analysis will also be critical in the decision-making process.
David Haynes will be providing more information on the TIGER II process, including application requirements and deadlines, at ARC’s May 7th TCC Meeting at 9:30 am. ARC is currently reviewing the draft guidance and will provide additional detail in future Spotlight posts regarding how ARC will endorse and prioritize regional projects for this program.