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TIGER hunt begins; local governments have opportunity to seek Oregon Transportation Commission support
The US Department of Transportation has announced the opportunity to apply for $527 million in funding under the TIGER grant program, which funds surface transportation projects across all modes. As with past rounds of TIGER funding, projects will be judged primarily by how well they perform on enhancing economic competitiveness, safety, community livability, sustainability, and state of good repair of the transportation system. In 2010, when a similar amount of money was available for capital projects, the TIGER program funded 42 projects. Grants ranged from $1 million to $47.6 million, with an average award of $13.25 million. Projects that move freight by non-highway modes (particularly rail) and those that enhance community livability through improving access to transit and active transportation do very well under the TIGER program.
This program is always intensely competitive, with many times more applications than there is funding. To ensure that Oregon projects have a strong chance at securing funding the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) and ODOT are offering to support worthy TIGER applications. The OTC will issue letters of support for meritorious applications and will likely identify a small number of projects as statewide priorities for funding under the TIGER III program. Local governments may also request that ODOT serve as a partnering agency for projects that are on, adjacent to, or otherwise impact the state highway system or other areas of ODOT responsibility.
For more information on how to seek ODOT and OTC support, see ODOT's Federal Affairs webpage.