TIGER is a discretionary grant program of the U.S. Department of Transportation initially established as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. TIGER makes federal funding available for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure projects.
Priority Bus Transit in the National Capital Region
In 2010, the TPB received $58.8 million under TIGER to invest in new technologies and physical infrastructure improvements aimed at making bus transit in the Washington region more reliable and convenient. The improvements are focused on 13 key transit corridors connecting major residential, commercial, and employment centers. Improvements include:
- Dedicated bus-only lanes and queue jump lanes to help buses bypass traffic congestion
- Transit signal priority technology to help buses maintain on-time reliability
- Bus-tracking technology and real-time passenger information displays to make it easier for passengers to plan travel by bus
- Improved bus stops and stations to make bus transit safer, more comfortable, and easier to access
- New fuel-efficient express commuter buses to meet growing demand and improve the environment
Five local governments or transportation agencies are responsible for carrying out the 16 individual component projects of the larger regional TIGER project. They include: the City of Alexandria, Virginia; the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT); the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT); the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC); and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Progress Updates on TIGER Project Implementation
Other Key TIGER Project-Related Documentation
More information on TPB recovery activities is also available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Regional Information Center information pages.