The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd):
(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has announced the availability of $9.5 million in grant funding for the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP).
“Marine highways are an efficient and cost-effective option for moving freight and passengers in America,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
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.
“Our country has 12,000 miles of navigable inland waterways,” said Maritime Administrator Mark 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 p.m. EST on April 10. Additional information is available in the Federal Register by clicking here, or by contacting Fred Jones, Office of Ports and Waterways Planning, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-1123, or Fred.Jones@dot.gov.