Congresswoman Waters Leads 140 Members of Congress Seeking Expansion of TIGER Transportation Funding
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of House Financial Services Committee, urged expansion of the TIGER transportation program in a letter dated April 4th to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations. TIGER is a nationwide competitive grant program that creates jobs by funding investments in transportation infrastructure by states, local governments, and transit agencies like the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Previous TIGER grants helped to finance the construction of Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, which will serve the Congresswoman’s district.
Congresswoman Waters’ letter urges an appropriation of $1.25 billion for TIGER in fiscal year 2018, in order to expand job creation and repair critical transportation infrastructure nationwide. TIGER received $500 million in fiscal year 2016. The letter was signed by a total of 140 Members of Congress, led by Congresswoman Waters.
The full text of the letter can be seen below and found online here:
Dear Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Price:
We write to request that you support job creation through infrastructure investment by providing $1.25 billion for the TIGER program in the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018.
TIGER – formally known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery – is a nationwide competitive grant program that creates jobs by funding investments in transportation infrastructure by states, local governments, and transit agencies. The TIGER program funds projects that will have a significant regional impact and deliver benefits in five critical national objectives, including safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, quality of life, and environmental sustainability.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) just released its report card on our nation’s infrastructure and gave our country a grade of “D+”. ASCE estimates that we will need to invest $4.59 trillion by 2025 in order to repair our infrastructure.
Robust funding for TIGER will help to bring our nation’s transportation infrastructure into the 21st century. TIGER grants have helped to finance a wide variety of innovative projects building and repairing roads, bridges, public transit systems, ports, rail lines, and bicycle and pedestrian networks. Moreover, TIGER encourages cooperation between agencies and jurisdictions and often funds multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects that are difficult to support through traditional transportation programs.
Safe, efficient transportation networks benefit the economy by facilitating the movement of goods and services and benefit individuals and communities by improving access to work, school, health facilities, shopping, and entertainment opportunities.
We therefore urge you to provide $1.25 billion for TIGER grants in FY 2018. We appreciate your attention to our concerns.