New York — WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff supported five of its clients in preparing successful applications for 2016 TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff supported five of the 40 winning applications, representing $66.3 million of the total $484 million awarded, according to John D. Porcari, president of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s U.S. advisory services sector.
“These grants will help communities develop innovative approaches for transportation that expands economic opportunity,” Porcari said. “WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s support of 2016 TIGER grant applications continues our industry-leading performance in helping our clients win grants. This year, 22 percent of the TIGER applications we supported were selected for an award, compared to less than 7 percent of all TIGER applications submitted in 2016.”
The highly competitive TIGER grant program supports innovative projects, including multimodal and multi-jurisdictional projects, which are difficult to fund through traditional federal programs. The awards focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural. In 2016, 585 applications were submitted requesting more than $9 billion in funds.
“This unique program rewards innovative thinking and collaborative solutions to difficult and sometimes dangerous transportation problems,” said USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in announcing the grants on July 29.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff clients were awarded TIGER grants as follows:
• City of New Haven Conn. — $20 million for its Downtown Crossing project, which will develop a more livable, walkable downtown area in New Haven by helping transform a highway stub into an urban boulevard with new street connections. This project continues Route 34’s conversion from a limited access highway to an urban boulevard, with new intersections, bike/pedestrian enhancements, and streetscape improvements.
• Utah Transit Authority (UTA) — $20 million for its First/Last Mile Connections: Improving Community Access to Regional Opportunities project, which will improve connectivity and access of the UTA’s transit system. The project includes building network connections including crosswalks, trail connections, sidewalks, bike lanes, and filling non-motorized network gaps.
• Maryland Department of Transportation — $10 million for its North Avenue Rising project, which will improve approximately five miles of North Avenue in Baltimore with dedicated bus lanes, roadway repaving, transit signal priority installation, enhanced bus stops, sidewalk improvements, bike share stations, bike lanes, shared bus/bike lanes, safety and access improvements, a subway station improvement, and an intersection.
• Delaware Transit Corporation — $10 million for its Claymont Regional Transportation Center, which will replace the existing Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) rail station in Claymont, Delaware. The new SEPTA station will be integrated with a transit-oriented development located one mile north of the existing station. The project includes high-level platforms, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant facilities, improved transit and pedestrian connectivity, and increased parking.
• San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District — $6.32 million for its Gateway to Oakland Uptown project, which will upgrade the 19th Street/Oakland BART station and enhance the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure between the station and the Uptown area of Oakland, including new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant elevators linking the station concourse with the street level and the installation of LED street lights and wayfinding in the vicinity of the station.