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 U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER II grant period now open 

Please note that Tuesday’s Federal Register contains the Notice of Funding Availability for the U.S. Department of Transportation's second round of TIGER grants with some revisions from the previous round of grants, according to the National League of Cities.  Pre-applications must be submitted by July 16, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. EDT, and final applications must be submitted through by August 23, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The DOT pre-application system will open no later than June 23, 2010 to allow prospective applicants to submit pre-applications.

Round 1 was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Due to its overwhelming success – 1,400 applications submitted for $1.5 billion in funds – Congress authorized an additional $600 million in funds for this fiscal year.  These competitive grants can be used to fund capital investment in surface transportation projects. The projects must have a significant impact on the nation, a region, or a metropolitan area – and must create jobs.  DOT has made several revisions from the first round of  grants which are outlined in the Federal Register notice.

Under the proposed American Power Act introduced last week in the Senate by Senators Kerry and Lieberman, one-third of the emissions allowances generated by new carbon fees and emissions auctions – estimated at $1.875 billion per year – would be distributed to DOT for additional TIGER grant funding.