Five US ports in line for cash injection

Five US ports in line for cash injection

Five US ports are in position to benefit from substantial grant awards issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to help them with development projects.

The awardees are among 18 in total under the umbrella of the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program.

The money still needs to pass review by congressional committees in the next two months but they are expected to go ahead.

Congress is able to allocate $800m to the program this year but only a portion goes to marine ports and terminals.

Beneficiaries this time cover the northeast, southeast and northwest of the country.

In Georgia the Port of Savannah should get $44m towards the $127m cost of its International Multi Modal Connector, which will increase rail capacity there.

The Port of New York and New Jersey stands to receive $10.7m to help with the $17.8m estimate of its Cross-Harbour Freight Program which aims to extend existing railcar float services between yards in Jersey City and Brooklyn.

Conley Container terminal in Boston, Massachusetts, would collect $42m of the $102.9m needed for its intermodal improvements and modernization.

In New England, the Port of Portland, Maine, could be looking at $7.7m for the Maine Intermodal Port Productivity Project which proposes technological improvements and other upgrades to double the port’s capacity.

And out in the Pacific northwest the Port of Coos Bay in Oregon could be accepting an $11m slice of the $18.8m repair and rehabilitation work on nine ageing rail tunnels linking the port to Eugene 82 miles away.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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