The U.S. Department of Transportation said March 9 that it awarded nearly $500 million in fiscal 2017 TIGER grants to 41 recipients in 43 states, including to some projects directly sponsored by state DOTs.
Days earlier, the USDOT had informed members of Congress and many had announced their own projects individually.
The announcement said the grants are going to road, transit, maritime and rail projects, that more than 64 percent will aid rural areas and $39.18 million of the awards is for tribal transportation projects.
“TIGER grants are targeted investments for our local communities that will increase safety, create jobs and modernize our country’s infrastructure,” said USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao said.
Congress had included that funding last May for "Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery" grants in its government-wide funding bill for 2017, and the USDOT took project applications through Oct. 16.
That appropriations measure specified that TIGER grants range from $5 million to $25 million, except for projects in rural areas where the minimum is $1 million, and that no state could receive more than $50 million in total. Project sponsors are required to obligate the TIGER funds by Sept. 30, 2020.
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