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The Maritime Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation recently boosted the dollar value of grants available through its Port Infrastructure Development Program or PIDP to support projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port.

[Above photo by the Port of Baltimore]

That funding represents a combination of the $450 million available via the PIDP program provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of IIJA, enacted in November 2021, along with $234 million from the fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations package enacted in March.

MARAD added that $234 million to the notice of funding opportunity posted in February. The application deadline for those grants remains May 16.

Lucinda Lessley. Photo via MARAD.

“We are making a once-in-a-generation investment in our ports and intermodal infrastructure to move goods faster, strengthen supply chain resiliency, support economic vitality at both the national and regional levels, and address climate change and environmental justice impacts,” noted Lucinda Lessley, MARAD’s acting administrator, in a statement.

[Editor’s note: The Senate this week voted to confirm Retired Rear Admiral Ann Phillips as MARAD administrator.]

Eligible recipients for that grant money include coastal seaports, inland river ports, and Great Lakes ports are eligible to receive funding. In addition, MARAD noted the IIJA expanded the list of eligible projects to include ones that reduce or eliminate port-related criteria pollutant or greenhouse gas emissions.

editor@aashto.org

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