TIGER II grants to 75 innovative projects will change the transportation landscape, create jobs in 40 states

Yesterday the Department of Transportation officially announced nearly $600 million in competitively awarded TIGER II grants. The 75 innovative projects this money makes possible will put people to work today building a 21st century foundation for tomorrow’s economic growth.

To mark this important day, I traveled from Atlanta, Georgia, to the bridge between Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, visiting two of the projects these grants support.

The 75 winning projects are indispensable–that’s why DOT selected them from more than 1,000 applications requesting $19 billion. Some of our awards will help establish urban circulator buses, bicycle lanes, and multimodal transportation stations. Others fund more traditional projects that don’t fit neatly into old formulas–bridge construction and freight movement.

But, each of these TIGER II grant rewards true excellence, effective partnerships, and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

That was exactly the case in Atlanta, where DOT will provide $47.6 million for a modern streetcar system. Atlanta dreamed big and imagined a streetcar from the King Center to Centennial Olympic Park. Behind the vision and leadership of US Representative John Lewis and Mayor Kasim Reed, people have come together around a common agenda, streamlined their priorities, and begun working to make those priorities a reality.