U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has announced $600 million in grants for innovative transportation projects through the TIGER II program. Below is a statement by Transportation Equity Network (TEN) executive director Laura Barrett:
As communities across America move to implement the 70 major transportation projects being funded under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER II program, there is one element of the grants that deserves special celebration. Thanks to the work of Ron Achelpohl and other community leaders from TEN member MORE2, all $600 million of the TIGER II grants include strong workforce equity requirements—provisions to ensure that the projects they finance will benefit low-income workers and other disadvantaged communities.
Achelpohl and other MORE2 members led the charge to ensure that all TIGER II grantees:
- promote the creation of job opportunities and apprenticeships for low-income workers;
- maximize opportunities for small businesses, including those owned by veterans;
- work with community-based organizations to connect low income or unemployed workers with economic opportunities; and
- adhere to our nation’s civil rights and equal opportunity laws to ensure that all individuals, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, and national origin, benefit from TIGER II funding.
The Transportation Equity Network applauds the decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation to include these requirements. The TIGER II grants show the way forward for federal transportation funding by rewarding transportation projects that focus on innovation, sustainability, and job production at a time when our communities need them most. The strong equity requirements that TEN helped win are another crucial element that all future transportation funding must include.
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