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Review and Approval Process

The TIFIA statute establishes a multi-step process for TIFIA credit assistance beginning with the submission of a letter of interest (LOI).

The initial LOI eligibility review is intended to identify major statutory, regulatory, financing or timing issues that would prevent the project from receiving TIFIA assistance. The estimated time frame for the initial review is approximately 30 days, assuming that the Department receives all information as requested.

Next, the creditworthiness review involves evaluation of the plan of finance, financial model, and feasibility of the pledged revenue. The estimated time frame for the creditworthiness review is between 45 to 90 days after receipt of all requested information.

If a project satisfies all of the statutory eligibility criteria, including creditworthiness, the Department will invite the project sponsor to apply for TIFIA credit assistance. The application review will include review of project documents, notification of whether the application is complete or whether additional materials are needed, and approval or disapproval of the application. We estimate that the time frame for approval is no more than 90 days after receipt of the application.

If an application is approved, credit and business terms for the financing are negotiated and the loan agreement is drafted. The estimated time frame for execution of a credit agreement, on terms acceptable to the Secretary of Transportation, is approximately 60 days from approval of the application.

To view a list of projects in the review process please search our projects.

Last updated: Friday, April 3, 2020