Feds Reject All Three NYC Applications for Latest Round of TIGER Grants

Without a TIGER grant, New Yorkers will have to wait a little longer for the next phase of the Bronx River Greenway (in red). Map: ##http://bronxriver.org/?pg=content&p=aboutus&m1=1&m2=3&m3=110##Bronx River Alliance##

This morning, U.S. DOT announced the winners in the latest round of its highly-competitive TIGER grant program. While upstate New York won grants for two projects — a highway teardown in Rochester and a complete streets project in Olean — New York City missed out, with applications for ferry improvements, a greenway connection in the Bronx, and the redesign of a busy intersection in Downtown Brooklyn failing to make the cut.

DOT had applied for funding to implement the Brooklyn Bridge Gateway project, a long-anticipated reconstruction of the intersection of Tillary Street and Adams Street that would dramatically improve cyclist and pedestrian access to the Brooklyn Bridge. DOT, which had unsuccessfully submitted the partially-funded project for earlier rounds of TIGER funding before trying again this year, told Streetsblog it was looking at other federal funding sources to fill the gap.

The Parks Department applied for $27.5 million from TIGER to match $10 million in city funds for the completion a section of the Bronx River Greenway between Starlight Park and Concrete Plant Park. The Bronx project includes three bridges — two over the Bronx River and one over the adjacent Amtrak corridor. The project, delayed by negotiations over the Amtrak bridge, saw state funds dedicated to its construction expire in 2009.

A third application, from EDC, would have been dedicated to ferry infrastructure. Streetsblog has inquired with Parks and EDC to see how they plan to fund their projects without TIGER; we’ll let you know if we hear anything back.

New York City has previously won TIGER grants for Hunts Point freight rail infrastructure, Moynihan Station, the city’s Sheridan Expressway study, and the redesign of Fordham Plaza.

  • Anonymous

    FEDS TO CITY: DROP DEAD

  • Bronxite

    A bit off topic but in relation to the BX River Greenway; did the city forget about the once proposed pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the BX River at Lafayette Ave? I never hear anything about it.

    Also, what about the Randall’s Island Connector? The bridge is there, but is gated and lacks a paved path?

    I love the new improvements recently here in the Bronx but I wonder about these two vital connections?

  • Bolwerk

    Well, the ferry idea is stupid. The others are good ideas, but hopefully cheap enough that they can be done without TIGER.

  • Anonymous

    We really could have used the money for the Brooklyn Bridge Gateway. The fact we didn’t get it is inexcusable.

  • Daniel

    It looks like a decent plan but do we really need TIGER funds to do it? And if the city isn’t going to introduce tolls and lower the car traffic volumes there how can we expect the feds to take us seriously?

  • Wayne Baumann

    hearing people whine about what the public servants didn’t give them is more ridiculous than a second coat of paint…

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