FASTLANE Grants - Keeping Our Economic Engines Running

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Nov 7, 2016 4:04:00 AM

In 2013, an average of 55 million tons of freight per day moved through the US transportation system, with a value of more than $49.3 billion. Safe, reliable infrastructure is vital to keep the country operating smoothly. So vital, in fact, that the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law in December 2015 to improve mobility on our highways, create jobs and economic growth and promote innovation in transportation. FASTLANE grants are a direct result of the FAST Act. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, “FASTLANE grants give us an opportunity to identify and invest strategically in those projects that are critical to keeping our nation’s economic engine running.”

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Topics: Transportation, Infrastructure

Alternative Funding for Alternative Transportation:  Bikes and the Big Jump Project

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Sep 28, 2016 4:04:00 AM

Beyond exercise, it is easy to list the benefits of biking for both riders and the communities they live in. There is reduced traffic congestion, cleaner air, greater energy independence, smaller carbon footprints, and larger wallets when used as alternatives to autos. Not to mention, there is just something liberating about peddling along outside at our own pace, even if we are in the middle of a congested urban area. In order to further advance biking as a force for good, People for Bikes is looking for communities committed to creating cultures where cycling is cool.

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Topics: Transportation, Environment

Smart Growth America and the Federal Transit Administration: Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Technical Assistance

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Sep 14, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Smart Growth America  is a national coalition of planners, economic developers, environmentalists and other urban thought leaders that work to create the kind of neighborhoods we all want to live in. Neighborhoods that are safe, affordable, walkable, bikeable, economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Neighborhoods that benefit all their residents, not just the advantaged few. A necessary ingredient in achieving all of these characteristics is efficiently planned, accessible transportation.

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Topics: Transportation, Infrastructure

Grant Opportunities and News for July 2, 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Every so often, we write about grant- or government-related news items and grant opportunities gleaned from various sources. Today's post focuses on generational thinking about transportation, walkability and livability, green infrastructure, and educational opportunities to improve STEM education and higher education prospects for low-income students.

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Topics: Transportation, Grant News, Education, Environment

Infrastructure Week 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 14, 2015 9:49:00 AM

If you're a civil engineer, mayor, or transportation department administrator, you probably know it's the 3rd annual Infrastructure Week (May 11-15). The theme of the week has perennially centered on the funding gaps between funding needs and actual levels, and the impact our investments have on our economic future. But what can we do with this information? We can arm ourselves with it, call on Congress to make long-term funding commitments, and explore programs and partnership possibilities.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, Infrastructure

The Value of TIGER Discretionary Grants

Posted by Danny Blitch on Feb 18, 2015 5:42:00 AM

Tigers are the largest cats in the world. Fittingly, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants are some of the largest grants in the United States. Managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), TIGER grants go toward capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. Eligible surface transportation infrastructure projects include:

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, TIGER

2014 TIGER Program: $600 Million Awarded, $9 Billion Requested

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 17, 2014 3:00:00 AM

Reliable infrastructure is a key component of a flourishing economy. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program is built on this idea. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced awards for the sixth round of the ever-popular TIGER Discretionary Grant program, which will fund 72 projects from 46 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The Department received 797 eligible applications from 49 states during this round, up from the 585 applications received in 2013. Overall, applicants requested $9 billion for transportation projects—15 times the $600 million available for the program, said officials in a press release. You can read about the awardees and projects here; a sample of the projects, taken from the fact sheet, are below:

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, TIGER, Infrastructure

Highway Trust Fund Bankruptcy Would Hurt Local Governments

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 9, 2014 10:00:00 PM

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Topics: Transportation, Infrastructure, Rural Issues

GROW AMERICA Act Webinar (May 22, 2014)

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 18, 2014 10:00:00 PM

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Topics: Federal Grants, Transportation, eCivis Resources, Infrastructure

Grant News: Grow America Bill, AFG Awards, Grant Writing Session

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 6, 2014 9:51:00 AM

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Topics: Transportation, TIGER, Fire Grants, Grant News, Legislation