The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently announced $25 million in grant funding for America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). These new resources represent the largest single appropriation ever to AMHP enabled by the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
AMHP’s main goal is to increase use of the U.S.'s navigable waterways.
“America’s waterways are a vital means for getting goods onto our shelves and into our homes,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
“Thanks to these investments, and others like them in the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we can help create jobs, reduce delays, and strengthen our critical supply chains for decades to come.”
The latest funding is expected to expand waterborne transportation options, help project sponsors reduce landside infrastructure costs, reduce delays caused by congestion, and improve the nation’s supply chain and movement of goods throughout the country.
To be eligible for a grant, a project must have been previously designated, by the secretary of transportation, as a Marine Highway Project.