Kilmer-Backed Bill Could Increase Investments in Transportation Projects on the Peninsula

Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) cosponsored a bill introduced by Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) which could increase investments in critical transportation projects on the Olympic Peninsula. 

The legislation, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery for Cities Underfunded Because of Size (TIGER CUBS) Act of 2017, would set-aside 20 percent of the funds for smaller and medium-sized cities made available through the popular Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.Those reserved grants would be for cities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000 people.  

“Investments in transportation mean jobs,” said Kilmer. “The TIGER grant program has put folks to work and allowed us to finish projects that ease congestion while making it easier for businesses and entrepreneurs to get their products where they need to go. This legislation ensures that smaller and more rural communities get an equal chance to compete for this funding to improve their infrastructure and in the process, boost economic development and their competitiveness.”   

In the sixth district, cities that could be eligible for TIGER CUBS grants include: Bremerton, Bainbridge Island City, Port Angeles, Aberdeen, and Port Orchard.