OneRail Coalition Commends USDOT on TIGER V Selections, Urges Congress to Continue Program

Release Date: 
Sep 6 2013

Washington, DC - September 6, 2013 - On 09/05/2013, the US DOT announced the award of $474 million in TIGER V discretionary grants to 52 recipients in 37 states. The recipients of these competitive, merit-based grants were States, local governments, port authorities, transit agencies, and metropolitan planning organizations.

21 rail-related projects sponsored by the aforementioned public agencies, including Class 1 and short line freight rail projects, port-owned freight rail projects, intercity passenger rail projects, commuter rail projects, and rail transit projects, received $200 million out of the $474 million of available funding. 

The OneRail Coalition commends the Administration's recognition of rail's inherent efficiency, safety, and environmental benefits in moving freight and passengers.

Investing in America's rail infrastructure provides critical support for economic growth and improves the competitive position of the United States in the world economy.  Rail enhances the mobility and safety of Americans, minimizes impacts on the environment, and reduces the nation's dependence on imported oil. 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 40 percent of the nation's ton-miles, commuter rail riders taking 464 million trips per year, and intercity passenger rail moving over 31.2 million passengers annually.  Rail is the smart, sensible way to solve America's 21st century transportation challenges.

Rail-related projects selected for funding in TIGER V (in alphabetical order by state):

Applicant / Entity Receiving Award


$ Amount


Pima County (AZ)

Port of Tucson: Container Export Rail Facility (construct double loop track, extend siding, and install high-powered switches)


Freight rail / port

San Diego Association of Governments (CA)

Pacific Surfliner Coastal Railway Bridges (replace timber trestle railway bridges)


Commuter rail / freight rail / intercity passenger rail

Town of Windsor (CO)

Great Western Freight Improvement (establish Quiet Zone through two residential areas, and construction of safety measures at 10 grade crossings)


Freight rail

Connecticut DOT (CT)

State Street Station Expansion (improve and expand downtown state street station, including construction of second platform)


Intercity passenger rail

Florida DOT (FL)

South Florida Freight & Passenger Rail Enhancement (improve freight and passenger connectivity)


Freight rail / passenger rail

City of Springfield (IL)

Springfield Rail Improvements (construct underpass with plans to construct double track)


Freight rail / passenger rail

Indiana DOT (IN)

White River Freight Railroad Bridge Replacement


Freight rail (short line)

Maryland Port Administration (MD)

Port of Baltimore Enhancements (construct rail intermodal facility)


Freight rail / port

Michigan DOT (MI)

Kalamazoo to Dearborn Rail Improvements (improve tracks to handle speeds up to 110 mph and construct second main line track)


Freight rail / passenger rail

Duluth Seaway Port Authority (MN)

Port of Duluth Intermodal (rebuild and expand port to connect with rail infrastructure)


Freight rail / port

City of Kansas City (MO)

Kansas City Downtown Streetcar (funds the construction of 11 stations)



Jackson County Port Authority (MS)

Port of Pascagoula Intermodal Improvement (upgrade rail connection and relocate MS Rail Line eliminating 16 rail crossings)


Freight rail / port

City of Raleigh (NC)

Raleigh Union Station Phase 1B (construct a full multi-modal station to support rail service, construct vehicle underpass, eliminate a grade crossing, track improvements, and signal work)


Commuter rail / freight rail / intercity passenger rail / transit

New Hampshire DOT (NH)

New Hampshire Northcoast Rail Corridor Improvements (upgrade and repair 42 miles of track, connect region to national network)


Freight rail

Port of Oswego Authority (NY)

Port of Oswego: East Terminal Intermodal Connector (construction of roadway embedded with heavy rail tracks)


Freight rail / port

Oklahoma DOT (OK)

Erick to Sayre Freight Railroad Rehabilitation (repair and improve 15 miles of track, install 19,500 ties, rehabilitate 17 grade crossings, and upgrade two bridges)


Freight rail

City of Oklahoma City (OK)

OKC Intermodal Transportation Hub


Commuter rail / light rail / passenger rail

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (PA)

SEPTA-CSX Separation Project (includes the separation of freight and passenger rail and the addition of a third track)


Freight rail / commuter rail

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (TX)

Moving Central Texas (includes rail rehabilitation and realignments, and additional sidings and double tracking)


Commuter rail / freight rail

Vermont DOT (VT)

Western Corridor Rail Rehabilitation (replace 9 miles of old jointed rail with continuously welded rail)


Freight rail

Sound Transit (WA)

Tacoma Trestle Replacement (replace single-track wooden trestle and bridge with a modern double-track structure)



Commuter rail / freight rail / passenger rail

 For a full description of the project awards, click here:

The OneRail Coalition encourages the United States Congress to continue funding of this effective program.