I have not posted much here lately, but I saw a news report on an announcement of a FY2018 TIGER grant award, so went looking for more reports. Yes, the TIGER grant program is still alive for FY2018 with a total $500 million in funding to award. The announcements so far are by various politicians and local governments to local news media; won't have a complete list until the US DOT issues one, presumably in several days, once the politicians each issue their own press releases and get their names in the news.
One grant award that is relevant to Amtrak is $16 million in track improvements for the Southwest Chief route. This is the 3rd TIGER grant for rehabilitation of another segment of the Colorado to Raton Pass route.
Pueblo News Chieftain article: Feds award $16M grant to Southwest Chief project. Excerpt:
Federal transportation officials have awarded a $16 million grant to rehabilitate track for Amtrak's Southwest Chief, Sen. Cory Gardner's office announced Tuesday.
The grant was sought by Pueblo County and a consortium of communities along the Southwest Chief's route across southern Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. Including more than $9 million in pledges from those communities, the entire project amounts to $25.2 million.
"This should finish off the rail repair between La Junta and Newton (Kan.) as well as the work in Raton Pass," said Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, who is chairman of the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission.
My searches for other FY2018 Tiger grant awards announced so far turned up mostly road projects. And mostly in rural or suburban areas at that. But there might be a few local passenger or freight rail grants in the mix.
Will have to wait for the complete list of grants from the US DOT to see how much the emphasis in TIGER grant selections has shifted from the Obama Administration to the US DOT under the control of Secretary Chao.
Edited by afigg, 07 March 2018 - 06:34 PM.