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The U.S. DOT is authorized to award $600 million in TIGER II discretionary grants through Title I of the Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 111-117, Dec. 16, 2009). The grants will provide at least $140 million for projects in rural areas (outside of urbanized areas of 50,000 or more in population), not more than $150 million for subsidies under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, not more than $35 million for planning and design of eligible projects, and not more than $25 million can be retained by the U.S. DOT for administration and oversight.

This appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER discretionary grant program, authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. U.S. DOT officials said in a TIGER II program summary, “Because of the similarity in program structure and objectives, the DOT is referring to the grants for National Infrastructure Investments under the FY2010 Appropriations Act as ‘TIGER II Discretionary Grants.’”

TIGER II grant program detail

Grant awards can be made in the range of $10-200 million; however, in rural areas awards may be as small as $1 million.

At least 20 percent of projects costs must be provided from nonfederal funds; however projects in rural areas may receive up to 100 percent federal funding. Projects can increase their competitiveness by demonstrating significant nonfederal contributions.

States, local governments, transit agencies, ports, metropolitan planning organizations and Native American tribes, among others, are eligible to apply.

Similar to the TIGER grant program, TIGER II grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. The U.S. DOT will give priority to projects that have a significant impact on desirable long-term outcomes for the nation, a metropolitan area or region.  All surface transportation capital projects are eligible, including highways and bridges, public transit, freight and passenger rail, and ports.

Federal Register Notice, Monday, June 1, 2010 – Final Notice of Funding Availability

U.S. DOT TIGER II Web site, including frequently asked questions, fact sheet and additional details.

TIGER II timeline

The U.S. DOT announced it will accept preapplications for TIGER II grants received before July 26. (The preapplication deadline was extended to July 26 in a June 30, 2010 notice.)  Preapplications will be reviewed by the U.S. DOT to determine whether they meet the three threshold requirements (project is eligible for TIGER II funds; NEPA has been initiated; and local match supports at least 20 percent of costs).  Final applications are due Aug. 23.  The application system is expected to be open by July 30.

Awards may be made no sooner than Sept. 15, 2010. Funds will be available for obligation through Sept. 30, 2012.

TIGER II preapplications

Preapplications were submitted prior to July 26, 2010 for the following projects                

Project description Project type Supporting documentation

Multi-modal Accessibility Connections for I-74 in Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa

Highway

NEPA status

US 61 Fort Madison Bypass

Highway

NEPA status

US 34 Missouri River Connector

Highway

NEPA status

Interstate 29 Segment 2 Improvements

Highway

NEPA status

Interstate 29 Segment 3 Improvements

Highway

NEPA status

CRANDIC West 900 Interchange Project

Rail

NEPA status

[Note: Information regarding applications submitted directly to the U.S. DOT by local governments or transit agencies in Iowa must be obtained from the respective agencies. The Iowa DOT does not collect that information.)

TIGER II applications


Project description Project type Federal funding requested

Multi-modal Accessibility Connections for I-74 in Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa

Highway

$76,200,000

US 61 Fort Madison Bypass

Highway

$36,758,000

US 34 Missouri River Connector

Highway

$84,520,000

Interstate 29 Segment 2 Improvements

Highway

$39,431,260

CRANDIC West 900 Interchange Project

Rail

$2, 502,000