Across our nation are communities with transportation problems they need to solve. By helping these communities meet their challenges with good solutions, we can help secure America's economic future and put our friends and neighbors back to work.
So I’m tremendously pleased to announce that --months ahead of our Spring 2012 deadline--we are awarding our third round of TIGER grants to 46 terrific recipients. This means that communities can get started more quickly on these critical and beneficial projects.
When President Obama said, “We can’t wait,” to take action to put people back to work, DOT took that to heart. And, with the announcement of our third round of TIGER funding, we're making it clear: we didn’t wait.
As part of our response, we accelerated our application review process for TIGER III. I am incredibly proud of the dedicated members of our DOT team who worked so hard to make this happen.
Instead, our TIGER team looked for projects that will contribute to long-term economic competitiveness, upgrade existing facilities and transportation systems, increase energy efficiency, improve safety, and get people where they're going faster and more reliably. We paid particular attention to projects that are expected to create and preserve jobs quickly.
That means projects located all over America using many different forms of transportation. In fact, more than $150 million of our funds went to rural areas or tribal communities. And TIGER grants were awarded to transit, port, and freight rail projects in addition to the road and bridge projects that will benefit motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
The American people can't wait. The construction workers ready to do the jobs that need to be done can’t wait. And--as the overwhelming demand for TIGER grants shows us--our communities can’t wait. So at DOT, we didn’t.
To see the full list of projects and their descriptions, please visit: www.dot.gov/tiger