TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014
Jackson County recently submitted a grant application for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funding made available by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). This grant would provide funding for the acquisition and construction of the Rock Island Corridor and Trail, stretching from the Truman Sports Complex to south Lee’s Summit. A recent press release from USDOT highlights the competitive nature of the program and demonstrates the need for transportation investment:
· "U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation for its sixth round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants totaled $9.5 billion, 15 times the $600 million set aside for the program, demonstrating the continued need for transportation investment nationwide."
· "The highly competitive TIGER program, which began as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, offers federal funding possibilities for large, game-changing multi-modal projects."
· "Demand for the program has been overwhelming, and during the previous five rounds, the Department of Transportation received more than 5,300 applications requesting more than $115 billion for transportation projects across the country."
The entire press release is available here.
The Rock Island Trail would help connect Kansas City to Raytown, Lee’s Summit, Greenwood and Pleasant Hill as well as the statewide Katy Trail Park. The trail would help to advance a regional transit system and provide an affordable and sustainable transportation option.
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