On Feb. 26, President Obama and Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $600 million for the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program.
DOT will prioritize applications for capital projects that better connect people to jobs, training and other opportunities; promote neighborhood redevelopment; and reconnect neighborhoods divided by physical barriers, such as highways and railroads.
The notice of funding availability (NOFA) contains language specifically addressing green stormwater infrastructure and connecting transportation infrastructure to groundwater recharge. These green infrastructure transportation projects fall under the Environmental Sustainability section of the NOFA, one of DOTs five primary scoring criteria.
In addition to supporting capital grants, Congress has provided DOT with the flexibility to use up to $35 million of TIGER funds for planning grants. These funds can support regional transportation planning, freight and port planning, and programmatic mitigation approaches that increase efficiency and improve outcomes for communities and the environment.