National Infrastructure Investments

The grants for National Infrastructure Investments in the FY 2015 Appropriations Act are for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure grants to be awarded to a State, local, or Tribal governments, including U.S.

territories, tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities,
metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multijurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant on a competitive basis for surface transportation projects (including, but not limited to: (1) Highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code; (2) public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; (3) passenger and freight rail transportation projects; and (4) port infrastructure investments) that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.
Related Programs20.932 Surface Transportation _ Discretionary Grants for Capital Investment.Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: On July 29, 2016, Secretary Anthony Foxx awarded approximately $484.4 million for 40 projects across the nation.

For example, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the I-579 Cap Urban Connector Project will receive $19 million to construct a cap over a below grade portion of Interstate 579 in downtown Pittsburgh.

The cap will reconnect the Hill District to downtown Pittsburgh, more than 60 years after highway and arena construction razed a middle income African American community.

The project includes improvements to nearby streets, sidewalks, and crosswalks, a new bus stop, bike-sharing station, and ADA-compliant walkways.

It also will create open space for transportation and recreation. The City of Brownsville, Texas will receive $10 million to rehabilitate a regional bus maintenance facility which will also serve as a new passenger transfer station, purchase eight hybrid transit replacement buses, and renovate bus stops to include sidewalks, curb ramps, and benches.

The grant will also fund an innovative 2.4-mile long causeway which will be one of the longest dedicated pedestrian/bike bridge facilities of its kind in the United States and the first of its kind in Texas. Several TIGER 2016 grants also went to projects supporting the movement of freight to boost economic competitiveness.

These include $6.2 million for an inland port in Little Rock, Arkansas, $17.7 million for a highway freight interchange in Scott County, Minnesota, and $9.8 million for a rural freight project that crosses the South Carolina/North Carolina border.

Fiscal Year 2017: The program will continue to fund transit, railroad, road, bicycle/pedestrian, and port projects.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Goldsboro, City Of $ 5,000,000   2019-08-162024-09-30
Omnitrans, Inc. $ 8,678,312   2019-09-032024-03-30
Transportation, Indiana Department Of $ 10,000,000   2019-04-012023-12-31
Transportation, Rhode Island Department Of $ 19,046,715   2019-05-302023-09-30
Transportation, Delaware Department Of $ 0   2013-06-272023-04-01
Utah Transit Authority (uta) $ 20,000,000   2018-04-092022-12-31
Regional Transit Authority $ 18,500,000   2022-09-30
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority $ 10,250,000   1999-10-012022-06-30
Brownsville, City Of $ 5,700,000   2019-04-122022-05-30
Rosebud Sioux Tribe $ 14,680,000   2018-06-202022-04-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Secretary awarded approximately $484.4 million to fund 40 transportation projects across the nation. Fiscal Year 2017: The Department has obligated funding for 8 projects since July 29, 2016 and anticipates the remaining 32 projects will be obligated on or before September 30, 2017. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Under the FY 2015 Appropriations Act TIGER Discretionary Grants, $500,000,000 is available through September 30, 2017, for the Department to make grants on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.

Projects eligible for funding provided under this program include, but are not limited to, highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code, including interstate rehabilitation, improvements to the rural collector road system, the reconstruction of overpasses and interchanges, bridge replacements, seismic retrofit projects for bridges, and road realignments; public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, including investments in projects participating in the New Starts or Small Starts programs that will expedite the completion of those projects and their entry into revenue service; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; and port infrastructure investments, including projects that connect ports to other modes of transportation and improve the efficiency of freight movement.

The Department may also use an amount not to exceed $100,000,000 for the purpose of paying the subsidy and administrative costs of projects eligible for federal credit assistance under chapter 6 of title 23, United States Code, if the Department finds that such use of the funds would advance the purposes of this program.

In distributing funds available under this program, the Department must take measures to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of funds and an appropriate balance in addressing the needs of urban and rural communities.

Grants provided under this program shall generally be not less than $5,000,000 and not greater than $100,000,000, however, projects located in rural areas, the minimum grant size shall be $1,000,000.

The FY 2015 Appropriations Act directs that not less than $100 million of the funds provided for TIGER Discretionary Grants be used for projects located in rural areas.

Further, DOT will take measures to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of grant funds, an appropriate balance in addressing the needs of urban and rural areas, and investment in a variety of transportation modes.

The Federal share of the costs for which an expenditure is made under this program may be up to 80 percent, however, the Department may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent for projects located in rural areas.

The Department will give priority to projects that require a contribution of Federal funds in order to complete an overall financing package.

The Department has developed selection criteria and requirements for this program.

Information about selection criteria and requirements is available in the Department?s Notice of Funding Availability that has been published the Federal Register (available at http://www.transportation.gov/tiger/).

Grants provided under this program shall generally be not less than $5,000,000 and not greater than $100,000,000, however, projects located in rural areas, the minimum grant size shall be $1,000,000.

The Federal share of the costs for which an expenditure is made under this program may be up to 80 percent, however, the Department may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent for projects located in rural areas.

100% of the funding is discretionary.

These is credit assistance available under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA?) loan program..

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S.

territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other political subdivisions of State or local governments, and multi-State or multi-jurisdictional groups applying through a single lead applicant (for multi-jurisdictional groups, each member of the group, including the lead applicant, must be an otherwise eligible applicant as defined in this paragraph.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The ultimate benefits of this program may be received by, among others, States or local governments, transit agencies, builders/contractors/developers, major metropolises, and other urban, suburban, or rural areas.

Credentials/Documentation

Recipients and their first-tier sub-awardees will be required to have a DUNS number (www.dnb.com) and a current registration in the Central Contractor Registration (www.ccr.gov) submitted as part of the submitted application. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit a complete application package through Grants.gov by the Application Deadline, which is April 29, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Grants.gov ?Apply? function will open on March 28, 2016, allowing applicants to submit applications. You are encouraged to submit applications in advance of the Application Deadline, but applications will not be evaluated, and selections for awards will not be made, until after the Application Deadline. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov. To apply for funding through Grants.gov, you must be properly registered. Complete instructions on how to register and submit applications can be found at www.grants.gov. Please be aware that the registration process usually takes 2-4 weeks and must be completed before an application can be submitted. If interested parties experience difficulties at any point during the registration or application process, please call the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726, Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT. Additional information on applying through Grants.gov is available in Information about Applying for Federal Grants through Grants.gov at www.transportation.gov/TIGER. To help ensure that applicants submit only those applications that are most likely to align well with the department?s selection criteria, each applicant may submit no more than three applications for consideration under the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program. While applications may include requests to fund more than one project, applicants should not bundle together unrelated projects in the same application for purposes of avoiding the three application limit that applies to each applicant. Please note that the three application limit applies only to applications where the applicant is the lead applicant, and there is no limit on applications for which an applicant can be listed as a partnering agency. Also, DOT will not count any application for a multistate project against the three application limit to the extent multiple states are partnering to submit the application.

Award Procedures

DOT will award TIGER Discretionary Grants to projects that are well-aligned with one or more of the selection criteria and that satisfy the statutory distributional requirements while remaining as consistent as possible with the competitive ratings.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. L. 114?113, December 18, 2015) (??FY 2016 Appropriations Act??), Public Law 114-113.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. This program has matching requirements. The Federal share of the costs for which an expenditure is made under this program may be up to 80 percent, however, the Department may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent for projects located in rural areas. the Department will give priority to projects for which Federal funding is required to complete an overall financing package and projects can increase their competitiveness by demonstrating significant non-Federal contributions. Additionally, not more than 25 percent of the funds made available under this program will be awarded to projects in a single State. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds available under this program are available for obligation through September 30, 2019. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly progress reports, annual budget reports, and performance measurement reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly reports are required.

SF-425.

Grantees will provide information on the performance outcomes of the capital investments they make with TIGER funds.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Grantees will be required to keep all project accounts and records that fully disclose the amount and disposition by the Grantee of the proceeds of the grant, the total cost of the project in connection with which the grant is given or used, and the amount or nature of that portion of the cost of the project supplied by other sources, and such other financial records pertinent to the project. The accounts and records shall be kept in accordance with an accounting system that will facilitate an effective audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act of 1984, as amended (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507).

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0143-0-1-407.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $484,400,000; FY 17 est $484,400,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants provided under this program shall generally be not less than $5,000,000 and not greater than $100,000,000, however, projects located in rural areas will have a minimum grant size of $1,000,000 and the Secretary may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Howard Hill 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: TIGERGrants@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-0301

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

TIGER Discretionary Grants will be awarded based on the selection criteria as outlined below. TIGER Discretionary Grants will be awarded based on the following selection criteria. There are two categories of selection criteria, ?Primary Selection Criteria? and ?Secondary Selection Criteria.? The Primary Selection Criteria include (1) Long-Term Outcomes and (2) Jobs Creation & Near-Term Economic Activity. The Secondary Selection Criteria include (1) Innovation and (2) Partnership. The Primary Selection Criteria are intended to capture the primary objective of the FY 2014 TIGER provisions of the FY 2014 Appropriations Act, which is to provide capital investments in surface transportation projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. The Secondary Selection Criteria are intended to capture the benefits of new and/or innovative approaches to achieving the programmatic objective. Information about selection criteria and requirements is available in the Department?s Notice of Funding Availability that has been published the Federal Register http://www.dot.gov/tiger/. 1. Primary Selection Criteria: DOT will give priority to projects that are ready to proceed quickly and have a significant impact on desirable long-term outcomes for the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. Applications that do not demonstrate a likelihood of significant long-term benefits in this criterion will not proceed in the evaluation process. The first five primary selection criteria are based on the priorities included in DOT?s Strategic Plan for FY 2012- FY 2016. DOT is elevating project readiness as a primary selection criterion for this round of TIGER Discretionary Grants due to the legislatively-mandated timeline for obligation of TIGER Discretionary Grant funds. For more detail on DOT?s long-term priorities, please refer to the Strategic Plan, which can be found at: http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.dev/files/docs/990_355_DOT_StrategicPlan_508lowres.pdf. The long-term outcomes and readiness criteria that will be given priority are: 1. State of Good Repair: Improving the condition of existing transportation facilities and systems, with particular emphasis on projects that minimize life-cycle costs and improve resiliency. DOT will assess whether and to what extent (i) the project is consistent with relevant plans to maintain transportation facilities or systems in a state of good repair and address vulnerabilities; (ii) if left unimproved, the poor condition of the asset will threaten future transportation network efficiency, mobility of goods or accessibility and mobility of people, or economic growth; (iii) the project is appropriately capitalized up front and uses asset management approaches that optimize its long-term cost structure; and (iv) the extent to which a sustainable source of revenue is available for long-term operations and maintenance of the project. 2. Economic Competitiveness: Contributing to the economic competitiveness of the United States over the medium- to long-term by improving the national transportation system while creating and preserving jobs. DOT will assess whether the project will (i) improve long-term efficiency, reliability or cost-competitiveness in the movement of workers or goods, with a particular focus on projects that have a significant effect on reducing the costs of transporting export cargoes; (ii) increase the economic productivity of land, capital or labor at or between specific locations, particularly in Economically Distressed Areas; or (iii) result in job creation and practicable opportunities, particularly for low-income workers or for people in Economically Distressed Areas, and practicable opportunities for small businesses and disadvantaged business enterprises, including veteran-owned small businesses and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses. 3. Livability: Increasing transportation choices and access to transportation services for people in communities across the United States. DOT will consider whether the project furthers the six livability principles developed by DOT with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. DOT will give particular consideration to the first principle, which prioritizes the creation of affordable and convenient transportation choices, particularly for economically disadvantaged populations, non-drivers, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. Further, DOT will prioritize projects developed in coordination with land-use planning and economic development decisions, including through programs like TIGER II Planning Grants, the Department of Housing and Urban Development?s Regional Planning Grants, or the Environmental Protection Agency?s Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program as well as technical assistance programs focused on livability or economic development planning. 4. Environmental Sustainability: Improving energy efficiency, reducing dependence on oil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and benefitting the environment. DOT will assess the project?s ability to (i) reduce energy use, air or water pollution; (ii) avoid adverse environmental impacts to air or water quality, wetlands, and endangered species; or (iii) provide environmental benefits, such as brownfield redevelopment, wetlands creation or improved habitat connectivity. Applicants are encouraged to provide quantitative information that demonstrates the existence of substantial existing transportation-related costs related to energy consumption and adverse environmental effects and evidence of the extent to which the project will reduce or mitigate those costs. 5. Safety: Improving the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and systems. DOT will assess the project?s ability to reduce the number, rate, and consequences of surface transportation-related crashes, serious injuries, and fatalities among drivers and/or non-drivers in the United States or in the affected metropolitan area or region, and/or the project?s contribution to the elimination of highway/rail grade crossings, the protection of pipelines, or the prevention of unintended releases of hazardous materials. 6. Project Readiness: For projects that receive funding in this round of TIGER, DOT is required to obligate funds to those projects by September 30, 2014, or the funding will expire. Priority will be given to projects that can meet all local, State, and federal requirements by June 30, 2014. This is a shorter period of time for obligation of funds than the comparable period for any prior round of TIGER, and is therefore a primary concern to DOT that will be treated as such during the evaluation and selection process. DOT will assess whether a project is ready to proceed rapidly upon receipt of a TIGER Discretionary Grant. 2. Secondary Selection Criteria (a) Innovation Use of innovative strategies to pursue the long-term outcomes outlined above. DOT will assess the extent to which the project uses innovative technology (such as, intelligent transportation systems, dynamic pricing, value capture, rail wayside or on-board energy recovery, smart cards, active traffic management, or radio frequency identification) to pursue one or more of the long-term outcomes outlined above and/or to significantly enhance the operational performance of the transportation system. DOT will also assess the extent to which the project incorporates innovations in transportation funding and finance, leverages both existing and new sources of funding through both traditional and innovative means, and demonstrates how the TIGER grant would serve to complete the project?s financing package and allow for expedited project completion. Further, DOT will consider the extent to which the project utilizes innovative practices in contracting, project delivery, congestion management, safety management, asset management, or long-term operations and maintenance. Projects integrating creative uses of technology to improve capacity or performance as part of an overall project to construct or replace traditional transportation facilities have been competitive in previous rounds, and DOT expects projects which intelligently use technology and other innovations to continue to be competitive.. (b) Partnership Demonstrating strong collaboration among a broad range of participants, integration of transportation with other public service efforts, and/or projects that are the product of a robust planning process.



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