By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

The U.S. Department of Transportation received 585 applications totaling $9.3 billion in requested funding for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. That’s over 18 times more than the $500 million that will be awarded.

“As we have seen year after year, there are far more worthy projects than we can fund through TIGER, demonstrating the need for a serious, long-term investment in transportation funding,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

The application deadline closed April 29. The selected projects are expected to be announced in the fall.

The highly competitive TIGER program began seven years ago as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The program offers federal funding possibilities for large, transformative multi-modal projects. Since 2009, TIGER has provided nearly $4.6 billion to 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

More information about TIGER grants can be found at