Background

The Department of Transportation is accepting applications through March 2 for $4.85 million in grants to implement projects or components of projects previously designated under the America’s Marine Highway Program that support the development and expansion of documented vessels and port and landside infrastructure. The current list of such projects is available here.

Eligibility for these grants is limited to those projects that have been formally designated under the AMHP and for which the applicants are sponsors (e.g., metropolitan planning organizations, state governments, port authorities, and tribal governments). However, project sponsors are encouraged to develop coalitions and public/private partnerships with vessel owners and operators; third-party logistics providers; trucking companies; shippers; railroads; port authorities; state, regional, and local transportation planners; environmental interests; impacted communities; or any combination of entities working in collaboration under a single application.

In awarding these grants DOT will give preference to those projects or components that present the most financially viable marine highway transportation services and require the lowest total percentage federal share of the costs. DOT will also give special consideration to projects that emphasize improved infrastructure condition or facilitate economic competitiveness in rural areas.

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