From an investment perspective, the TIGER grant program has been a stimulus in helping define our nation’s freight network. The successes of TIGER grants for freight-related projects highlight the important role ports and intermodal projects play in improving our national freight system and leveraging private sector funding. The annual TIGER process and its coordinated and collaborative planning requirements in the submission of eligible freight-related projects has served as a catalyst in bringing freight stakeholders to the table – along with additional funding.
For example, in 2009, Congress dedicated $1.5 billion for the first round of TIGER and port-related infrastructure projects received about 8.6 percent of the original allocation. In subsequent rounds, port-related infrastructure did better, garnering 14.6 percent (of the total $600 million) in the second, 12.8 percent (of the total $527 million) in the third, 13.6 percent (of the total $500 million) in the fourth, 13.3 percent (of the total $474 million) in the fifth, 12.4 percent (of the total $600 million) in the sixth, and 9 percent (of the total $500 million) in the seventh.
TIGER VIII - FY16 Grant Recipients
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox announced on July 29, 2016, 40 awards totaling nearly $500 million in funding for the FY 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Of the 585 applications submitted totaling $9.3 billion in requests, six awards totaling $61.8 million – or about 12.36 percent of the total funding – are going to commercial seaports or projects that directly aid the efficient movement of goods to and from America’s ports. Port applications totaled 9 percent, or 53 of the total 585 submitted.
The six projects receiving awards in TIGER VIII that directly aid the movement of goods through U.S. commercial ports are:
$17.63 Million - Albany Port District Commission New York ‒ ExPORT Upstate New York thru Port of Albany Maritime Improvements: The grant supports maritime infrastructure improvements at the Port of Albany to enhance project cargo handling capabilities. Specifically, the project reconstructs the wharf with roll-on/roll-off capacity, replaces a warehouse, reconstructs a cargo storage area, and rebuilds a port roadway.
$10.67 Million - Gordon A. Finch Terminal Improvements ‒ Virgin Islands Port Authority: The grant will renovate and reconstruct a roll-on/roll-off dock, make waterside improvements to increase berthing capacity, construct an approximately 19,000 square foot multi-use facility for cargo storage and administrative activities, and implement security enhancements on the south side of St. Croix.
$10 Million - Port of Everett ‒ South Terminal Modernization Project, Port of Everett Washington: This grant modernizes the Port of Everett South Terminal. The project includes strengthening more than 500 feet of dock, creating a modern berth capable of handling roll-on/roll-off and intermodal cargo, and upgrading high voltage power systems. The project will also construct rail sidings to increase on-site rail car storage.
$10 Million - Rehabilitation of "H" Wharf Port Authority of Guam: The grant will reconstruct and expand a wharf built in 1948, including a new sheet pile bulkhead retaining wall and upgrades to an access road. The project also includes demolition of surface facilities and construction of additional structural components.
$7.33 Million - Portland Marine Terminal Freight and Jobs Access Project ‒ Port of Portland, Oregon: The grant constructs a grade separation over a busy marine terminal rail lead and constructs road, intersection, and multimodal improvements to increase access and connectivity between the port and the National Highway System. The project includes a realignment of the North Rivergate Blvd. and North Lombard St. intersection to better accommodate turning trucks.
$6.19 million - Little Rock Port Authority Growth Initiative - Little Rock Port Authority, Arkansas: The grant constructs improvements to the slack water harbor area, including a new dock with direct dock to-rail capability; and adds rail storage.
For a complete list and description of TIGER VIII grant projects, click here.