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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.

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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$15mInterstate 5 / Joint Base Lewis-McChord improvements
Multnomah County, Oregon$17.7mSellwood Bridge replacement
St. Louis$20mInterstate 70 corridor roadway improvements in St. Louis
Jacksonville, Florida$10mrail improvements at the Port of Jacksonville
Alton, Illinois$13.8mnew multimodal transportation center
Chicago, Illinois$20mCTA Blue Line & Chicago Bike Share
Illinois$10.4mIllinois Route 83 reconstruction of 2 mile span
Orangeburg County, South Carolina$12.1mInterstate 95 access ramp
Syracuse, New York$10mConnective Corridor, a pedestrian-and bike-friendly streetscape link
Maine$10.8mreplacing the Kennebec Bridge
New York$15mdowntown Buffalo street improvement/community revitalization
North Carolina$18mCharlotte’s LYNX Blue Line Light Rail expansion
San Antonio, Texas$15mVIA’s planned West Side Multimodal Center
Seattle, Washington$10mSound Transit South Link extension
Cincinnati$10.9mCincinnati Streetcar
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$10mupgrade over 100 traffic signals along three transit arteries covering nearly 16 miles
Shelby, Montana$9.98mPort of Northern Montana Multimodal Hub
California$2.5mthe Smith River Rancheria U.S. Highway 1 improvements

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

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