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

Project

Location

$ Amount

Type

South Jersey Port Corporation

South Jersey Port DelAir Bridge Rail Improvements

New Jersey / Pennsylvania

$18,500,000

freight rail / port

Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach Rail Realignment and Expansion

Long Beach, CA

$17,000,000

freight rail / port

Jacksonville Port Authority

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

Jacksonville, FL

$10,000,000

freight rail / intermodal facility / port

West Virginia Public Port Authority

West Virginia Port Authority Intermodal Facility (Norfolk Southern served)

Prichard, WV

$12,000,000

freight rail / intermodal facility / port

Port of Northern Montana

Northern Montana Multimodal Hub/BNSF Rail Facility

Shelby, MT

$9,998,910

freight rail / intermodal facility / inland port

Port of New Orleans

Port of New Orleans Rail Yard Improvements

New Orleans, LA

$16,738,246

freight rail yard / port

Pennsylvania DOT

Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor Rutherford Intermodal Facility Expansion

Harrisburg, PA

$15,000,000

freight rail / intermodal facility

North Dakota DOT

BNSF Freight Rail/Amtrak Empire Corridor Rail Line Raising

Devils Lake – Churchs Ferry, ND

$10,000,000

freight rail / intercity passenger rail

Oklahoma DOT

Farmrail Freight Rail Oil and Gas Upgrade

Anadarko Basin, OK

$6,756,580

freight rail (short line)

Kansas DOT

Solomon Rural Freight Rail Upgrade (Kyle Railroad/RailAmerica)

North Central Kansas

$6,568,095

freight rail (short line)

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Muldraugh Rail Bridges Replacement (Paducah & Louisville Railroad)

Fort Knox, KY

$11,558,220

freight rail bridges (short line)

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

MBTA Merrimack River Rail Bridge Rehabilitation

Haverhill, MA

$10,000,000

commuter rail / intercity passenger rail / freight rail

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

DART Orange Line Extension

Dallas, TX

$5,000,000

rail transit

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

CTA Blue Line Renewal & City Bike Share

Chicago, IL

$20,000,000

rail transit / bike

City of Charlotte, NC

LYNX Blue Line Capacity Expansion

Charlotte, NC

$18,000,000

rail transit / stations

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA)

GCRTA Mayfield Transit Station

Cleveland, OH

$12,503,200

rail transit / stations

Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority

Transit Interchange Construction/Target Field Light Rail Station

Minneapolis, MN

$10,000,000

rail transit / stations

Sound Transit

Sound Transit South Link Light Rail Construction

Seattle, WA

$10,000,000

rail transit / stations

City of Alton, IL

Regional Multimodal Transportation Station

Alton, IL

$13,850,000

station / bus / intercity passenger rail

VIA Metrolpolitan Transit Authority (VIA MTA)

VIA Westside Multimodal Transit Center

San Antonio, TX

$15,000,000

station / bus / streetcar / commuter rail

City of Stamford, CT

Stamford Intermodal Access

Stamford, CT

$10,500,000

station / pedestrian / bus / commuter rail

City of Cincinnati, OH

Riverfront Streetcar Loop

Cincinnati, OH

$10,920,000

streetcar

Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, PA

Carrie Furnace Flyover Bridge

Allegheny County, PA

$10,000,000

road / bridge ramp / rail grade crossings