Tonight I was curious in knowing what other projects have other state's applied for the $1.5 billion in TIGER Discretionary Funds that will be awarded next month. My original thinking was that it was only one project per state, and it would be a neat idea to maybe research and blog about them Bzzzztttt, was I wrong!
The USDOT received 1380, yes 1380, applications from all 50 states, plus Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The total amount of requests total $56.5 billion. That is nearly 38 times the amount that will be awarded!!!! No wonder why the final decisions have been delayed.
Texas led with 125 applications - followed closely by California (117), and Florida (115). The least amount of applications came from Hawaii with only 1. New Hampshire, South Dakota, and North Dakota only had two applications.
It appears that any organization could apply for the TIGER Grants - and that would explain why SCDOT encouraged Horry County to put in an application for upgrading SC 22 to Interstate standards a number of months ago.
The amount of money asked for in each applications was varied also. 514 of the 1380 (37.2%) applications were asking for amounts of less than $20 million. Over 56% (785) were applications for $20-100 million in funds. The rest, 81 applications, were from $100 billion to the maximum of $300 billion.
Applications came in for highway improvements, transit improvements, rail improvements, and other. (Most likely pedestrian and bike projects.)
Check out the USDOT's two page summary of the TIGER Grant applications here.
I'm going to start looking into what projects applied for grant money and what they are for.
One of the first ones I did find was an application by NYSDOT for completing the final upgrades for the US 15/I-99 project. The amount of the application was for $38 million.
Exit question: What are some of the projects being applied for in your state? And which of them are the most pressing? So leave a comment.