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USDOT grants $74m to maritime projects

Staff writer |
U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has disclosed that seven grants, totalling little over $74 million, are going to maritime projects.

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Another $54,469,652 comprising five awards, is going to what USDOT classifies as "freight rail" projects. Like freight rail, millions more are being awarded to various road and planning projects which aid in the movement of freight into and out of America’s seaports.

American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) President and CEO Kurt Nagle lauded DOT’s recognition of the critical role America’s ports play and the federal support provided in TIGER VI grants for seaports.

Mr. Nagle also noted that the funding for maritime infrastructure projects in this round of TIGER, along with the more than 9 percent funding for freight rail and road planning and infrastructure projects, will help improve freight mobility, including connections to ports.

"AAPA urges that 25 percent of TIGER grants be provided for port-related and connector infrastructure, since ports are one of the four eligible areas (along with highways/bridges, transit, and freight/passenger rail) for the TIGER program," said Mr. Nagle.

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