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US Department of Transportation announces $450m in funding to expand port capacity

The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced on February 23 nearly $450m in newly available grant funding for port-related projects through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) – the largest investment ever in the program. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to help ports expand capacity and improve the movement of goods. Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that will also strengthen resilience, reduce emissions and advance environmental justice.

“The historic investments made by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help remove bottlenecks by enabling ports to expand capacity and improve intermodal connections,” said acting maritime administrator Lucinda Lessley.

To provide technical assistance, the Department of Transportation will host a series of webinars explaining the PIDP grant application process.

The deadline to submit an application for funding is May 16.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.


  1. right, except if you take the money forget ever using any fully automated equipment in your port. that is the biggest weakness that the US has right now when it comes to speed and Port operation.

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