TIGER III – Rail Projects are Big Winners

Port of Long Beach ship to rail transfer (Image: Dcoetzee, Wikimedia Commons)

Twenty-three rail-related projects received $279 million (54%) of the $511 million granted through the TIGER III program.   The projects include improvement to commuter rail and rail transit projects, and port-owned freight rail projects.  None of the projects are exclusively focused on high speed intercity passenger rail.  Public agencies receiving the funding include Ports, State DOTs, transit authorities, cities.

OneRail, a coalition of freight, passenger, transit, environmental and labor groups, provides the list of projects provided below and commented:

“Rail investments play a crucial role in alleviating highway and aviation congestion and reducing the wear and tear on America’s highways and bridges. Investment in freight and passenger rail supports the expansion of U.S. exports, strengthens U.S. manufacturing capacity, and advances critical national security and environmental objectives.

Rail is a vital component of the nation’s surface transportation system, with freight rail hauling 43 percent of the nation’s ton-miles, commuter rail riders taking 472 million trips per year, and intercity passenger rail moving over 30 million passengers annually.”

TIGER III grants for rail-related projects:

Applicant / Entity Receiving Award



$ Amount


South Jersey Port Corporation

South Jersey Port DelAir Bridge Rail Improvements

New Jersey / Pennsylvania


freight rail / port

Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach Rail Realignment and Expansion

Long Beach, CA


freight rail / port

Jacksonville Port Authority

Jacksonville Port/Dames Point Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (CSX served)

Jacksonville, FL


freight rail / intermodal facility / port

West Virginia Public Port Authority

West Virginia Port Authority Intermodal Facility (Norfolk Southern served)

Prichard, WV


freight rail / intermodal facility / port

Port of Northern Montana

Northern Montana Multimodal Hub/BNSF Rail Facility

Shelby, MT


freight rail / intermodal facility / inland port

Port of New Orleans

Port of New Orleans Rail Yard Improvements

New Orleans, LA


freight rail yard / port

Pennsylvania DOT

Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor Rutherford Intermodal Facility Expansion

Harrisburg, PA


freight rail / intermodal facility

North Dakota DOT

BNSF Freight Rail/Amtrak Empire Corridor Rail Line Raising

Devils Lake – Churchs Ferry, ND


freight rail / intercity passenger rail

Oklahoma DOT

Farmrail Freight Rail Oil and Gas Upgrade

Anadarko Basin, OK


freight rail (short line)

Kansas DOT

Solomon Rural Freight Rail Upgrade (Kyle Railroad/RailAmerica)

North Central Kansas


freight rail (short line)

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Muldraugh Rail Bridges Replacement (Paducah & Louisville Railroad)

Fort Knox, KY


freight rail bridges (short line)

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

MBTA Merrimack River Rail Bridge Rehabilitation

Haverhill, MA


commuter rail / intercity passenger rail / freight rail

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

DART Orange Line Extension

Dallas, TX


rail transit

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

CTA Blue Line Renewal & City Bike Share

Chicago, IL


rail transit / bike

City of Charlotte, NC

LYNX Blue Line Capacity Expansion

Charlotte, NC


rail transit / stations

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA)

GCRTA Mayfield Transit Station

Cleveland, OH


rail transit / stations

Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority

Transit Interchange Construction/Target Field Light Rail Station

Minneapolis, MN


rail transit / stations

Sound Transit

Sound Transit South Link Light Rail Construction

Seattle, WA


rail transit / stations

City of Alton, IL

Regional Multimodal Transportation Station

Alton, IL


station / bus / intercity passenger rail

VIA Metrolpolitan Transit Authority (VIA MTA)

VIA Westside Multimodal Transit Center

San Antonio, TX


station / bus / streetcar / commuter rail

City of Stamford, CT

Stamford Intermodal Access

Stamford, CT


station / pedestrian / bus / commuter rail

City of Cincinnati, OH

Riverfront Streetcar Loop

Cincinnati, OH



Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, PA

Carrie Furnace Flyover Bridge

Allegheny County, PA


road / bridge ramp / rail grade crossings