The United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the allocation of more than $12 million to the newly renamed United States Marine Highway Program (USMHP), formerly known as America’s Marine Highway Program.
“America’s waterways serve as critical links in our nation’s supply chains,” said US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “These investments in our maritime highways will help strengthen our supply chains, reduce emissions and create jobs across the country.”
Funding Opportunity Notice Makes $12,423,000 in Funding Available for Fiscal Year 2023. The amount is less than the $39 million granted last year, including $25 million made available thanks to President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill, plus an additional $14.8 million through FY 2022 Appropriation Act.
“Since the establishment of the Marine Highways program, MARAD has awarded more than $91.6 million in competitive grants to eligible Marine Highway service organizations,” said Maritime Administrator Ann Phillips. “These grants have supported the development and expansion of maritime highways, shipping, and land-based ports and infrastructure that are critical to building supply chain resilience.”
The DOT will evaluate projects based on criteria including impact on movement of goods, level of non-government financing investment, use of domestic preferences, consideration of equity and environmental justice. The Department will also consider geographic diversity when selecting grant recipients and how the project will address the challenges faced by rural areas.
Since its inception, the USMHP has been named 58 Marine Highway Projects.