Transportation Law News

October 25, 2010

Truckers have been hearing about a grant program called TIGER being carried out by the U.S. Department of Transportation, but not everyone knows what the program is, where the money comes from, or where the money is going.

For starters, TIGER stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery. The program was authorized in the American Recovery and Restoration Act that was signed into law by President Obama in 2009. ARRA was the $787 billion stimulus package that has been described as a huge success or complete failure depending on who you talk to.

The act equipped the DOT with a pot of money to dole out grants to states and local governments for infrastructure projects aimed at creating jobs. The money for TIGER grants comes from general Treasury funds and is not taken from the Highway Trust Fund.

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