The U.S. Department of Transportation will take applications from states for $500 million in surface transportation projects under a fourth round of its competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program.
Previous rounds of TIGER have provided $2.6 billion in grants to 172 “innovative” projects across the country, DOT said in a Tuesday statement announcing the availability of the funds.
“Americans are demanding investments in highways, ports, commuter rail, streetcars, buses and high-speed rail,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in the statement. “These kinds of projects not only mean a stronger economic future for the U.S., but jobs for Americans today.”
Road projects accounted for about 48% of the latest round of TIGER grants DOT announced in December. Those grants totaled $511 million in road, transit, rail and other surface infrastructure.
The new round of funding comes thanks to a transportation appropriations law passed in November, which approved $500 million specifically for TIGER.