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File #: 14-2533    Name:
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/7/2014 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 4/8/2014 Final action:
Title: Consideration of a Grant Application to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) TIGER Discretionary Grants Program.
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: APRIL 2, 2014

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: RASHAD M. YOUNG, CITY MANAGER/s/

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Consideration of a Grant Application to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) TIGER Discretionary Grants Program.
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ISSUE: Consideration of a resolution and grant application for United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) TIGER Discretionary Grants funding for construction of the Potomac Yard Metrorail station.

RECOMMENDATION: That the City Council authorize the City Manager to:

1. Submit the grant application and the resolution to USDOT for funding in the amount of $25 million for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. Applications are due on April 28, 2014.
2. Execute all necessary documents that may be required under this program.

BACKGROUND: On March 3, 2014, the USDOT issued a Notice of Funding Availability for discretionary funds for National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER). Funds are to be awarded on a highly competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a region, or a metropolitan area. The FY 2014 Appropriations Act appropriated $600 million to be awarded for the program, which is a small fraction of what it will take to fill the nation's unmet transportation infrastructure needs. It is highly likely that submitted TIGER grant applications will be over-subscribed with a large number of qualifying, viable projects not selected for TIGER funding. The federal government plans for the TIGER program to have an annual appropriation, so if the City is not successful in the 2014 period of funding, it can reapply in subsequent years.

The TIGER program is a competitive grant program. Eligible projects include highway, bridge, transit, pedestrian, passenger and freight rail, port infrastructure, and intermod...

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