TIGER program receives $500 million in funding from Congress

December 18, 2015

Katy Hartnett, director of government relations

On December 18, Congress passed a bill to fund the government for fiscal year 2016. This particular bill includes $500 million in funding for the tremendously popular TIGER discretionary grant program, the same funding level as fiscal year 2015. The TIGER program helps communities build a broad range of innovative transportation projects, including improvements for people on bikes.

So far so good

The first seven rounds of the TIGER program saw far more communities applying for these grants than there were funds available. To date, states, local governments, ports, and transit agencies have all received funding for transportation projects such as the Harahan Bridge Project and Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Many TIGER grants have incorporated bicycle infrastructure as part of larger projects—from connecting a community’s transit and bicycle infrastructure to building roadways and bridges that take into account all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians.

Moving forward

Bicycle infrastructure is just one part of a larger transportation network designed to efficiently move goods to market and people to and from their jobs while reducing congestion. TIGER grants help communities realize these benefits. We are pleased that Congress sees the usefullness of this program and are excited about the innovative transportation projects it will fund moving forward.

Want to know more about TIGER Grants? This infographic has all the answers:

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