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TIGER grants support trail projects


The TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program was included in the Recovery Act to spur a "national competition for innovative, multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional transportation projects that promise significant economic and environmental benefits to an entire metropolitan area, a region or the nation."

The original program in 2010 funded bridges accomodating bikes and pedestrians, as well as two projects featuring bicycle/pedestrian facilities. The Indianapolis Bicycle & Pedestrian Network (IN), received $20,500,000 to "complete the eight-mile urban bicycle and pedestrian network in the heart of downtown Indianapolis," and the Philadelphia Area Pedestrian & Bicycle Network (PA, NJ) received $23,000,000 to "repair, reconstruct and improve 16.3 miles of pedestrian and bicycle facilities."

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Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail includes major TIGER funding
(photo by Stuart Macdonald)

ALERT: Transportation Appropriations proposal would strip trails eligibility from TIGER grants

June 20, 2014: Both the House and Senate have passed transportation appropriations bills that would eliminate TIGER grants for bicycle/pedestrian facilities. The House bill passed June 10 (HR 4745) simply bars eligibility for "non-essential purposes." The Senate authorization bill, passed June 5, replaces TIGER with a "Projects of National or Regional Significance Program" which requires a $350 million project minimum.

May 16, 2014: A big change to funding eligibility was included in the new House Committee on Appropriations proposed budget for transportation and housing for FY 2015. That means no TIGER grants for bike/pedestrian facilities, which have been an important source of funding for many trail systems. In addition the bill would provide just $100 million for TIGER grants, down from the $600 million the program got this year. In the Administration's current proposal TIGER would get $5 billion total over four years.

What would not be eligible are what are called "non-essential purposes, such as street-scaping, or bike and pedestrian paths." Also ineligible are ADA compliance for sidewalks or recreational trails. In short the bill proposes to limit TIGER grants to projects that “address critical transportation needs,” defined as roads and bridges, ports, and freight rail.

Here is a listing of the members of the House Appropriations: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee:

Republicans * Tom Latham, Iowa, Chairman (IA - 3rd) * Frank Wolf, Virginia, Vice-Chairman (VA-10th) * Charles Dent, Pennsylvania (PA-15th) * Kay Granger, Texas (TX-12th) * Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington (WA-3rd) * David Joyce, Ohio (OH-14th) * Mike Simpson, Idaho (ID-2nd)

Democrats * Ed Pastor, Arizona (AZ-7th) Ranking Member * David Price, North Carolina (NC-4th) * Mike Quigley, Illinois (IL-5th) * Tim Ryan, Ohio (OH-13th)


arrow Track the progress of the House bill H.R. 4745:


arrow Track the progress of the Senate bill S. 2438:


Please share this critical issue through your communications network and encourage them to communicate with these Subcommittee Members, as well as their own Members of Congress that might be able to influence Subcommittee Members or Members of the full Appropriations Committee!

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Examples and resources on TIGER grants

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• "Atlanta BeltLine Pounces on TIGER Grant" from American Trails Magazine

Big plan to complete Greater Philadelphia’s trail networks receives $23 million TIGER grant

• Delaware's "First State Trails and Pathways Initiative" application for federal TIGER funding (pdf 730 kb)

TIGER grant application to fund Portland, OR trail system

Indianapolis Bicycle and Pedestrian Network - funded TIGER project (pdf 174 kb)

Milton-Madison Bridge Replacement with bike/ped access - funded TIGER project (pdf 175 kb)

Millwork District Multimodal Improvements with Complete Streets - funded TIGER project (pdf 139 kb)

Black River Bridge Replacement with bike/ped access - funded TIGER project (pdf 151 kb)

Burlington Waterfront bike path - funded TIGER project (pdf 175 kb)


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