U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has announced that $500 million in funding is now available under a fourth round of the TIGER Grant program.
Funds will be used for surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or region. As in previous rounds, funding will also be available for high-speed rail and intercity passenger rail projects. Up to $100 million is available toward these projets and $120 million is being dedicated toward rural transportation projects.
The previous three rounds of grants through the TIGER program awarded $2.6 billion to 172 projects in all 50 states, including projects in Michigan. Demand for the program has been overwhelming with more than 3,300 requests seeking a total of more than $95 billion across the country.
Pre-applications are due on February 20th and applications are due March 19.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.