TIGER III News Begins to Leak — Chicago Bike-Share Among the Winners

U.S. DOT is officially announcing the winners of the third round of TIGER grants tomorrow, but they give the news to members of Congress first so those members can brag about all the bacon they bring home. See below for a list of the grants we know about so far.

Chicago's bike-share program was one TIGER III winner. Photo: Peopling Places

Chicago’s Blue Line and bike-share are splitting a $20 million award. The Blue Line work will eliminate slow zones on 3.6 miles of deteriorated track between downtown and O’Hare Airport. The money will also help jumpstart Chicago’s first large-scale bike sharing program, set to launch in the spring with 3,000 bikes.

TIGER isn’t exclusively for non-automobile focused projects, but its focus on innovation and regional significance has led to significant funding for transit and active transportation. For example, in addition to the $20 million for the projects in Chicago, Illinois also netted $13.85 million for a regional multi-modal transportation center adjacent to the new Amtrak high-speed rail station in Alton — as well as roadwork on Illinois Route 83.

Below is the best compilation we’ve seen so far, courtesy of Larry Ehl at Transportation Issues Daily.

Washington State $15m Interstate 5 / Joint Base Lewis-McChord improvements
Multnomah County, Oregon $17.7m Sellwood Bridge replacement
St. Louis $20m Interstate 70 corridor roadway improvements in St. Louis
Jacksonville, Florida $10m rail improvements at the Port of Jacksonville
Alton, Illinois $13.8m new multimodal transportation center
Chicago, Illinois $20m CTA Blue Line & Chicago Bike Share
Illinois $10.4m Illinois Route 83 reconstruction of 2 mile span
Orangeburg County, South Carolina $12.1m Interstate 95 access ramp
Syracuse, New York $10m Connective Corridor, a pedestrian-and bike-friendly streetscape link
Maine $10.8m replacing the Kennebec Bridge
New York $15m downtown Buffalo street improvement/community revitalization
North Carolina $18m Charlotte’s LYNX Blue Line Light Rail expansion
San Antonio, Texas $15m VIA’s planned West Side Multimodal Center
Seattle,  Washington $10m Sound Transit South Link extension
Cincinnati $10.9m Cincinnati Streetcar
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania $10m upgrade over 100 traffic signals along three transit arteries covering nearly 16 miles
Shelby, Montana $9.98m Port of Northern Montana Multimodal Hub
California $2.5m the Smith River Rancheria U.S. Highway 101 improvements

We’ll bring you the full list when it’s published tomorrow.