DOT Funds Major Upgrades of Supply Chain Infrastructure at Ports

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently awarded $241 million in grants for port infrastructure.

The grants are expected to nearly double annually for five years starting next year (to $450 million).

Disbursed through MARAD’s Port Infrastructure Development Program, the grants will be allocated immediately to 25 projects in 19 states.

The allotments include $52.3 million to the Port of Long Beach, CA, which will boost rail capacity with several new features: a new locomotive facility, 10,000-foot support track, and extensions of five existing tracks.

The new Long Beach construction will expedite freight movements, while reducing the number of required truck trips.

Other awards include $18.3 million to Houston, TX, for a 39-acre greenspace at the Bayport Container Terminal; $15.7 million to Tacoma, WA, for construction of an off-dock container support facility; and $14.6 million to Brunswick, GA, to build a fourth berth for cargo ships at Colonel’s Island Terminal.

For the full list of recipients, click here.