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

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.

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

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.

Grant Opportunities and News for July 2, 2015

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.

Infrastructure Week 2015

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.

The Value of TIGER Discretionary Grants

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:

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

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:

Highway Trust Fund Bankruptcy Would Hurt Local Governments

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