Following President Obama's call in his State of the Union address for greater infrastructure investment as part of “An America Built to Last,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the availability of funding for transportation projects under a fourth round of the popular TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant program.
On November 18, 2011, the President signed the FY 2012 Appropriations Act, which provided $500 million for Department of Transportation infrastructure investments. Like the first three rounds, TIGER 2012 grants are for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis.
TIGER 2012 will make $500 million available for surface transportation projects having a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or region. Projects will be evaluated on primary criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, livability, environmental sustainability, state of repair and short-term job creation.
The previous three rounds of the TIGER program provided $2.6 billion to 172 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Demand for the program has been overwhelming, and during the previous three rounds, the Department of Transportation received more than 3,348 applications requesting more than $95 billion for transportation projects across the country.
Tiger IV Grant Submittals
SR 167/8th St E Vic to S 277th St Vic – Northbound & Southbound HOT Lane Extension
WSDOT is requesting $15 million to complete the funding needed to extend the successful 9-mile SR 167 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes to nearly 14 miles in each direction, connecting King and Pierce county communities to vital employment hubs.
State funds already allocated to this project are $82 million and the receipt of a TIGER grant would mean construction can begin in 2013 rather than 2015 and the entire project could be built.
The project is part of the I-405/SR 167 Corridor, which stretches nearly 45 miles from Lakewood to Lynnwood, forming the only north-south alternate route to I-5 in the urbanized region. Currently, the corridor serves 940,000 vehicle trips and an estimated 1.1 million person trips per day. Trips are projected to increase to approximately 1.5 million person trips per day in 2030.
Major companies such as Microsoft, Google, Costco, Boeing, and Paccar have strategically located along this corridor, which also serves major regional retail destinations in Auburn, Kent, Tukwila, Renton, Bellevue, and Lynnwood.
Employment has nearly doubled between 1980 and 2000 with growth projections of another 50 percent, adding 90,000 jobs in the valley by the year 2030. This increased development has also brought more traffic congestion and collisions. The SR 167 Corridor used to have an average daily traffic (ADT) of 15,000 vehicles in 1970 which has increased by 800 percent to 116,000 vehicles on an average weekday. If current trends continue and no investments are made by 2030, the time to drive the SR 167 corridor could go from an average of 20 minutes to over an hour.
SR 167 Application for the FY 2012 TIGER Grant (pdf 1.5 mb)
Appendix A Letters of Support (pdf 5.8 mb)
Appendix B Executive Advisory Group Interest Statement (pdf 880 kb)
Appendix C Cost-Benefit Analysis (pdf 238 kb)
Appendix D Federal Wage Rate Certificate (pdf 343 kb)
US 395/North Spokane Corridor BNSF Railroad Structures/Realignment
The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking through this TIGER Discretionary Grant request $18.9 million of federal funds, with a 40 percent match of $12.6 million state funds, to provide for the continued construction of the US 395 North Spokane Corridor (NSC) located in Spokane, WA.
Specifically, this project removes a chokepoint for continuation of the NSC south of the current interim terminus at the Freya Street interchange by relocating 7.5 miles of Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) Railroad mainline, switching, and spur tracks, constructing two freeway structures over the BNSF tracks, and two pedestrian/bicycle structures, one over Freya Street and one over the BNSF mainline tracks.
The project will also extend the previously constructed 5.5 mile pedestrian/bicycle trail by more than one mile into the Hillyard neighborhood. This $31.5 million project can be obligated by May 6, 2013.
- State of Good Repair: Aligns with longstanding regional transportation improvement plans and ensures that the area’s transportation infrastructure can continue to meet increasing demand while reducing travel times.
- Economic Competitiveness: Improves access to over 500 acres of industrial/commercial land; contributes to economic competitiveness by travel time reductions of 9.4 million hours per year at a value of $240 million/year; system efficiency of over 7.2 million tons of freight valued at $13.5 million/year.
- Livability: Provides increased mobility and neighborhood connectivity through extension of a pedestrian/bicycle trail into a distress neighborhood; constructs multiple park and ride lots.
- Environmental Sustainability: CO2 emission changes are neutral; 6.5 percent average network fuel efficiency savings per trip; approximately 3 percent increase in fuel consumption across the entire network.
- Safety: Saves $22 million annually in societal costs related to collision reduction; 29 signalized intersections avoided by use of the NSC; updates an aging rail system and improves rail worker safety; provides community connectivity over BNSF property.
- Job Creation and Economic Activity: Generates 851,761 hours of direct, indirect and induced jobs over the life of the TIGER Discretionary Grant request.
- Partnership: Incorporates strong and collaborative input from a variety of local, regional and state jurisdictions, transit and transportation agencies reflecting broad consensus and support for the project.
US 395 Tiger IV Grant Application (pdf 2.9 mb)
Letters of Support (pdf 4.2 mb)
Benefit-Cost Analysis (pdf 271 kb)
Estimate of Job Creation (pdf 76 kb)
Federal Wage Rate Certification (pdf 188 kb)
SR 539/Lynden-Aldergrove Port of Entry Improvements project
This project expands and modifies an outdated SR 539 highway connection to an outdated Canadian port of entry by adding a lane, widening the shoulder, and bringing up the highway to current standards. The Lynden-Aldergrove crossing is a bottleneck that creates traffic backups in an area with growing freight and traveler needs.
Canadian customs has secured funding rebuild its 40-year old, obsolete building and quadruple the size of its inspection facilities. The improved port of entry cannot operate effectively without corresponding improvements to the state highway, which is the reason why these improvements are needed so urgently.
Once completed, the combined WSDOT and CBSA projects will remove a key bottleneck by separating trucks, passenger cars and trusted
travelers into separate lanes, reducing border crossing wait times and increasing throughput of both passenger traffic and freight. These
improvements will facilitate international trade, particularly U.S. exports and Canadian retail activity in Washington state.
The project produces long‐term benefits and generates jobs in the near‐term:
- Economic competitiveness: This project will facilitate international trade to promote long-term growth in the productivity of the American economy.
- Livability: This project emerged from and is being developed in the context of a broad regional/bi-national cooperative planning effort involving federal, state/provincial and local public agencies and interested stakeholders in the business community. The resulting shorter waits and more direct routing will reduce delay and vehicle miles traveled, thereby reducing cost, increasing convenience, improving reliability, and supporting secure mobility across the U.S.-Canada border.
- State of good repair: This project will bring the highway up to standards to improve the efficiency of the transportation network, the movement of goods, and accessibility of people to facilitate economic growth.
- Job creation: 118.8 job years
- Benefit-cost ratio: 2.7 (at 3 percent discount rate)
- Innovation: This project incorporates an innovative project delivery method and implements innovative approaches to maximizing efficiency by supporting trusted traveler programs and using Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). This project incorporates an innovative project delivery method and implements innovative approaches to maximizing efficiency by supporting trusted traveler programs and using Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
- Partnerships: This priority project emerged from partnerships at multiple levels: binational, state/province, regional, and a direct agency-to-agency collaboration.
SR 539 TIGER Discretionary Grant Application (pdf 1.5 mb)
Letters of Support (pdf 3.4 mb)
Benefit/cost analysis (Excel 115 kb)
Estimate of Job Creation (Excel 21 kb)
Federal Wage Rate Certification (pdf 188 kb)