According to today's USDA Grain Transportation Report, on April 27, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) rolled out its $400 million Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities Grant Program.
The initial round of project funding—up to $160 million—is now open. Eligible projects include those that develop port-related infrastructure and on-truck technologies.
The projects should aim to lower truck-idling emissions at ports, use zero/low-emission powertrains or fuels, or decrease truck congestion within/adjacent to ports through enhanced intermodal rail connections.
Potential infrastructure-project locations include areas within or next to ports and intermodal port transfer facilities that ship freight between at least two transportation modes.
Testing and evaluation projects can take place anywhere. FHWA expects to award 35 grants for projects, which will have a requirement for cost-sharing or matching contributions.
The application deadline for the initial round of funding is June 26, 2023.
The initial round will come from the combined fiscal year 2022 and 2023 funds.