TIGER Grants Awarded to California Ports
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded three California ports with grants from the 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, as was announced on, October 27th, by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Representative.
“Whether ports, roads or rail, California’s economic health relies on modern and efficient infrastructure,” Feinstein said. “That’s why I’m thrilled the Department of Transportation has once again decided to invest in highly worthy projects to expand transportation options and freight movement for Californians.”
This series of awards included the following beneficiaries:
- $12.3 million to the Port of Hueneme to deepen berths, install heavier cargo lifts and extend a rail line up to the dock, allowing larger ships and reducing truck traffic.
- $15 million to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to convert an unused 6.4-mile railroad corridor through South Los Angeles to bike and pedestrian trails, linking the Blue Line, Crenshaw/LAX Line and Silver Line.
- $10 million to the San Diego Unified Port District to upgrade on-dock rail and expand yard capacity at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, increasing capacity and reducing environmental impacts.
TIGER grants are an effective tool used by the DOT to invest in infrastructure of critical national significance. According to the DOT, over the past six years Congress has appropriated over $4.6 billion to fund 342 projects in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico while leveraging a co-investment averaging $3.50 for every TIGER dollar spent.