WASHINGTON — State and local groups are bringing their concerns to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s upcoming TIGER II grants — $600 million to be distributed to highways, bridges, transit, freight and passenger rail, and ports — with ports requesting at least one-quarter of the money.

TIGER II is named after the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program that was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and authorized at $1.5 billion, but was vastly oversubscribed. TIGER II is essentially a second round of the competitive discretionary grants funded by annual congressional appropriations.

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