From the American Planning Association:
DOT has announced the FY 2011 grantees for the TIGER program, which has been an integral part of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. This third round of funding will provide $511 million to 46 projects in 33 states.
Selected projects are multimodal and run the gamut from transit upgrades in Charlotte to the development of HOT lanes in Northern Virginia, a Complete Streets project in American Falls, Idaho, and a bike share program in Chicago. Projects are selected for their ability to have a significant regional or national impact, as well as improve safety, increase economic competitiveness, improve the quality of existing transportation facilities, or promote sustainability.
DOT received 828 applications from all 50 states requesting more than $14 billion in funding.
The announcement of grantees comes significantly ahead of the original timeline of spring 2012. With its continued focus on job creation, the administration pushed for rapid review and selection to help new infrastructure projects get under way around the country.
The TIGER grant program was first established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 with $1.5 billion in funding for 51 projects. In FY 2010, $600 million was provided for TIGER II, which invested in 42 capital projects and 33 planning projects. The FY 2010 round of TIGER included a set aside for planning and a partnership with HUD’s Community Challenge program. This set aside was removed in the FY 2011 funding.