Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Long Wait is Over!

After months of speculation as to whether Ray LaHood would stay on for a second term as Secretary of Transportation, we were told in January that he would be leaving as soon as a replacement is confirmed. This led to several months of additional speculation on who the choice would be. Well now we know:

President Obama has nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation. As of right now, it looks like this should be a relatively smooth confirmation. The unknown question is will Mayor Foxx be able to have the impact that Secretary LaHood has had in the position?

Monday, April 22, 2013

TIGER 2013 Funding Now Available

The fifth and latest round of TIGER discretionary grant funding has been made available by DOT. A total of $474 million is available in FY 2013 for projects of regional and national significance. This highly-competitive program has  provided funding for more than 200 projects in all 50 states and received bipartisan support in Congress.

Courtesy of U.S. DOT

Sequestration cut the total amount of funds available in 2013 and the late date of enactment for final FY13 appropriations has DOT on a very short timeframe for obligating funding to selected projects.  Projects that are ready to proceed quickly will be given priority in the application process. The deadline for project applications is June 3, 2013.

DOT has developed an application resources page to help project sponsors get their applications for this very popular program in quickly and accurately.