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US states to fight it out for share of £315M transport cash pot

US transportation secretary Ray LaHood has kick-started a scramble for $500M (£315M) of government cash for transport projects across the country.

States will compete to win the cash, which is being made available under the US’s popular Tiger (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant programme. Three previous rounds of Tiger funding have seen £1.6bn awarded to 172 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Demand for the programme has consistently exceeded the funds available. During the previous three rounds the US Department of Transportation received more than 3,348 applications requesting more than £60bn for transportation projects across the country.

Tiger 2012 grants are for capital investments in surface transport infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis. Projects will be evaluated on primary criteria that include safety, economic competitiveness, livability, environmental sustainability, state of repair and short-term job creation. 

Pre-applications are due in by 20 February 20 and full applications by 19 March.

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