TIGER Grant Update
September 5, 2013 — The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that fifty-two transportation projects in thirty-seven states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2013 discretionary grant program.
The City of New Buffalo's Western Michigan Intercity Passenger Rail Connectivity and Expansion Initiative TIGER grant application was not successful. New Buffalo Mayor Migs Murray is resolute stating that the City intends to reapply if the TIGER grant program continues.
The City's $72.9 million project requested $58.3 million in grant funds to supplement $14.6 million in matching funds that were to be identified by MDOT for two purposes:
- Design of a connection track between the Amtrak-owned corridor and CSX at New Buffalo, Michigan.
- Extension of the Dowagiac, Michigan siding (double tracks) to the Niles, Michigan siding, a distance of approximately ten miles.
Even though the City's grant application was unsuccessful, the City's goal for better passenger rail service for New Buffalo will be aided by a $9.4 million TIGER grant to the Michigan Department of Transportation for a $30 million rail improvements project between the Kalamazoo to Dearborn section of the designated High-Speed Rail corridor to enhance 110 mph operation. Tracks 1 and 2 will be upgraded to support speeds up to 110 mph between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Additionally, a second main line capable of operating at 110 mph will be constructed. A complete list of funded projects can be found at the TIGER Grant website.
The City of New Buffalo offers our sincerest thanks for the great efforts of everyone at Amtrak for their technical assistance, as well as the Michigan Department of Transportation, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Carl Levin, Congressman Fred Upton, and the Michigan Legislature, especially State Senator John Proos.