April 9, 2010
MARAD publishes Marine Highway program final rule
The U.S. Maritime Administration today published in the Federal Register the final rule establishing the "American Marine Highway" program. Establishing the program is a requirement of Public Law 110-140, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Earlier this year, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced $58 million in grants for projects to support the start-up or expansion of Marine Highways services, awarded through the TIGER grants program. Congress has also set aside an additional $7 million in grants which MARAD will award later this year.
The final rule adopts an interim final rule published in October 2008, addresses Marine Highway Corridors (and continues to solicit recommendations for Marine Highway Corridor recommendations), and establishes eligibility requirements, criteria and information necessary to apply for designation as a Marine Highway Project by the Secretary of Transportation. Solicitations from applicants desiring Marine Highway Project designation will be initiated through notification in the Federal Register at a future date.
You can access the Federal Register notice HERE