By Alison Dodd, Communications Intern, Center for Creative Land Recycling
Thanks to the eighth round of the Transportation Investment Generic Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program, $500 million will be available for transportation projects across the country. TIGER grants focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to affordable, reliable, and safe transportation for communities.
TIGER has provided almost $4.6 billion to 381 projects across the U.S. since 2009. 134 of these projects supported rural and tribal communities. These federal funds leverage money from private sector partners, states, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, ports and transit agencies.
The transportation projects that the TIGER grant fund are responsible for ample benefits to the communities involved, including economic opportunities, increased safety, and increased well-being. In Jersey City, New Jersey, a 111-acre redevelopment of the Canal Crossing former industrial site was awarded $1.9 million for the redevelopment of over 30 brownfield sites in the city to be transformed into transit-orientated developments in addition to affordable housing and businesses. This transformation will strengthen resident’s access to jobs and transportation and in turn increase economic competitiveness.
TIGER funds are also supporting the redevelopment of a former army base in Oakland, California. The grant will allow the city to capitalize on already existing, under-utilized infrastructure, including roadway improvements and transit-oriented Development around the West Oakland Station, linking residential and employment areas. U.S. DOT will be investing $2 million in support of Oakland’s $9 million planning project (transportation.gov).
The City of Truckee, California was also awarded $1.5 million in 2013 for a pedestrian tunnel that will improve connections between residential and commercial areas. The Center for Creative Land Recycling helped Oakland-based Holliday Development leverage that TIGER grant for an additional $8 million from the State’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Grant Program for the cleanup and redevelopment of the adjacent underutilized Truckee Railyard. The infrastructure supported by TIGER and AHSC will be extremely beneficial for the Truckee community, as it will facilitate decreased traffic congestion, increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists in downtown Truckee, and reduced collisions at existing intersections.
The TIGER Grant helps offset the costs related to large transportation projects, and can help make a project a lot less stressful and less expensive. By utilizing infrastructure that is already in place and improving transportation, community members can expect an easier and more affordable commute.
CCLR provides free grant review for EPA, TIGER, AHSC and other federal grants and guides rural and urban communities through the redevelopment process. Contact Emma Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about our workshops, technical assistance, and grant review services.
Deadline: 8:00 PM E.D.T., April 29, 2016
Award Ceiling: $100,000,000
Award Floor: $1,000,000
Eligibility: local and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and must identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact. Each project party in a joint application must be an Eligible Applicant.
The Center for Creative Land Recycling is the only national non-profit organization solely dedicated to catalyzing the redevelopment of contaminated or underutilized land by applying specialized knowledge to accelerate results-focused, community-led revitalization.
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