WHEREAS, since 2009, the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program has invested over $3.1 billion in road, rail, transit, and port projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, and/or a region; and
WHEREAS, TIGER grants are a very significant tool for local governments and other entities to fill the last funding gaps in important infrastructure projects; and
WHEREAS, the four previous rounds of TIGER have supported 218 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; and
WHEREAS, over the four previous rounds, more than 4,050 applicants requested more than $105.2 billion worth of projects, showing that demand for federal assistance far surpasses the available funding; and
WHEREAS, more than 100 TIGER grants awarded over the previous rounds were directly awarded to city or county governments that were otherwise unable to directly access traditional sources of Federal funding for their projects,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors thanks the Department of Transportation for overseeing $474 million worth of TIGER grants to be distributed in the fifth round of funding this year, and urges Congress to support the President’s infrastructure initiatives that would provide additional funding to the TIGER program.
Projected Cost: Approximately $4.5 billion in FY14 between the President’s regular budget request of $500 million and $4 billion in “Fix-it-First” investments split between TIGER and TIFIA.