$9.5 million available in Marine Highway grants

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced the availability of $9.5 million in grant funding for the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP).

Though both Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby had good things to say about the program, no funding has been sought for it in the FY 2021 MARAD budget request.

The AMHP supports the increased use of the nation’s navigable waterways to relieve landside congestion, provides new and efficient transportation options, and increases the productivity of the surface transportation system. By working closely with public and private organizations, the AMHP is also able to create and sustain American jobs in U.S. ports, vessels, and shipyards.

“Marine highways are an efficient and cost-effective option for moving freight and passengers in America,” said Secretary Chao.

“Our country has 12,000 miles of navigable inland waterways,” said Buzby. “By continuing to invest in them, we are investing in the continued success of our nation’s economy.”

Eligible projects for grant awards are Marine Highway Projects previously designated by the Secretary of Transportation.

Applications for the grants are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on April 10, 2020.

More information HERE

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