Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!



TIGER grant funding remains in demand

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
June 13, 2013

When it comes to transportation, the TIGER continues to roar.

Let me back up a bit. I am not referring to the type of TIGER you may find out in the wild. Instead, I am referring to a tamer one in the form of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

The objective of the TIGER program is to ensure that economic funding is rapidly made available for transportation infrastructure projects and that project spending is monitored and transparent.

Selection criteria for TIGER grants includes: contributing to the long-term economic competitiveness of the nation; improving the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems; improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; improving the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and improving the quality of living and working environments of communities through increased transportation choices and connections.

As has been the case in recent years, the demand for TIGER funding remains on the rise.

That becomes clear to see especially when considering that the DOT says applications for 2013 TIGER grants total more than $9 billion, which crushes the $474 million DOT has allocated for it.

DOT said that it received 568 applications from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa.

This becomes even more impressive when you consider that the most recent requests for TIGER funding basically triple the $3.1 billion in funding doled out in the previous four rounds, which went towards 218 projects. It is also worth noting, as DOT points out, that during the previous four rounds, DOT received more than 4,500 applications for TIGER, which cumulatively requesting north of $105.2 billion for national transportation projects.

President Obama challenged us to improve our nation’s infrastructure to provide the transportation choices people and businesses want and the efficiency and safety they need,” said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood in a statement.  “TIGER projects do exactly that – across the country, they are helping relieve congestion, create jobs and generate lasting economic growth.”

William Schroeer, state policy director for Smart Growth America, told LM in a previous interview that the TIGER freight-related projects—especially the rail-focused projects—provide myriad benefits for freight transportation and logistics industry stakeholders.

“The freight-related projects will create more options—especially the option of getting freight off the roads and into trains,” said Schroeer. “But the rail freight projects didn’t make the cut in the intensely competitive TIGER program because they benefit shippers and providers. These projects made the cut because they will create so many different kinds of benefits, such as reduced road congestion, reduced pollution, and reduced road maintenance needs.”

And Mort Downey, senior advisor at infrastructure firm Parsons-Brinkerhoff, said in order for these projects to be considered successful, they ultimately need to deliver.

“These grants are important on the job creation front and even more importation on the long-term economic growth front—particularly for the freight projects,” noted Downey. “The freight projects in particular have very large cost-benefit potential and are largely focused on shippers in terms of supply chain efficiency and reducing inventories and [transit time] delays. A lot of these projects were ‘partnership projects’ between entities like railroads and ports, and TIGER money acted as the closer to make these deals work.”

About the Author

Jeff Berman headshot
Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Working with research partner, The Economist Intelligence Unit, the IBM Institute for Business Value surveyed 1,023 global procurement executives from 41 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.

U.S. Carloads were down 7.8 percent annually at 259,544, and intermodal volume was off 15.7 percent for the week ending February 21 at 213,617 containers and trailers.

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Logistics (BTS) reported this week that U.S. trade with its North America Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico in December 2014 was up 5.4 percent annually at $95.8 billion. This marks the 11th straight month of annual increases, according to BTS officials.

While the volume decline was steep, there was numerous reasons behind it, including terminal congestion, protracted contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and other supply chain-related issues, according to POLA officials.

Truckload rates for the month of January, which measures truckload linehaul rates paid during the month, saw a 7.9 percent annual hike, and intermodal rates dropped 0.3 percent compared to January 2014, which the report pointed out marks the first annual intermodal pricing decline since December 2013.

Article Topics

Blogs · All topics

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA