Waters Leads 144 Members of Congress Seeking Expansion of TIGER Transportation Funding
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) urged expansion of the TIGER program – a nationwide competitive grant program that creates jobs by funding investments in transportation infrastructure by states, local governments, and transit agencies like Metro in Los Angeles County – in a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations. A previous TIGER grant helped to accelerate the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, which will serve the Congresswoman's district.
The Congresswoman's letter urges full funding of the President's request for $1.25 billion for TIGER in fiscal year 2015, as part of an expanded TIGER program that provides $5 billion over 4 years. A total of 144 Members of Congress signed the letter. The text of the letter follows:
"We write to request that you invest in our nation's transportation infrastructure by fully funding the President's request for $1.25 billion for the TIGER program in fiscal year 2015.
"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 innovative projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a region, or a metropolitan area. TIGER projects are required to deliver benefits in five critical national objectives, including safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, livability, and environmental sustainability.
"Investment in transportation infrastructure is crucial for economic recovery. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that we will need to invest $3.6 trillion by 2020 in order to improve the nation's public infrastructure. Furthermore, investment in infrastructure creates jobs for American workers building and repairing our nation's highways, railways, ports, and mass transit.
"The President requested $1.25 billion for TIGER in fiscal year 2015, as part of an expanded TIGER program that provides $5 billion over 4 years. This expanded TIGER program will create jobs, encourage innovation, and modernize transportation infrastructure for the 21st century.
"We therefore urge you to provide full funding of the President's request for $1.25 billion for TIGER grants in fiscal year 2015."