The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $500 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER funding) for the 2017 fiscal year, as well as another $500 million beginning in 2018.
The 2017 Consolidated Appropriates Act authorizes $500 million for national infrastructure investment projects that will have an impact on a region, metropolitan area or nation through 2020. Special consideration will be give to programs that address reliability and safety issues in rural areas.
In an effort to reject the current White House administration’s plan to scrap TIGER funding, the bill provides provisions for local and state transportation projects. The funds will help communities:
- Improve reliability and safety
- Fix freight bottlenecks
- Shorten commutes
- Expand access to jobs
- Generate economic development
Applications are due Oct. 16, 2017.
Editor’s Note: Updated September 22, 2017
For examples of projects funded by past TIGER funding, see our previous coverage: