The DOT Handed Out $5.6B to Improve U.S. Infrastructure: Roads Were the Big Winner

Icons created an Infographic to explore the allocation of $5.6B in federal grants over the past 9 years to improve highways, bridges, public transportation, and our rails and ports.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced a rebranding of its Investments Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants Program, which provides funding to improve the nation’s highway, bridge, public transportation, rail, and port infrastructure. The new name is The Build Transportation Program.

Over nine years, the TIGER program funneled $5.6B into 463 infrastructure projects across the U.S. The infographic below shows how the money was distributed geographically and by project type.

The projects themselves ranged in scope from basic road repairs to in some cases the use of advanced technologies to improve communications and safety and cut emissions.

One such high-tech project, funded in 2015, is the MAASTO Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System (TPIMS). The system is designed to monitor the availability of truck parking and provide real-time information to commercial vehicle operators using existing IT infrastructure and capabilities, along with emerging vehicle detection and data collection technologies.

In 2013, IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, received a $10 million grant to purchase 21 electric buses. Each refurbished bus is equipped with a set of 12 Lithium-Ion batteries, a three-phase 480W motor, and a new Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS).

And in the latest round of grants, Houston received $9.4 million for a proposal to install high-water warning systems, consisting of sensors, cameras, and computer components, at 40 sections of Houston-area streets that are at risk of flooding.

Infrastructure Infographic

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