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US Department of Transportation launches port infrastructure plan


The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for US$292.7 million in discretionary grants through the new Port Infrastructure Development Programme, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
"This major investment will help strengthen, modernise, and improve our country's maritime systems and gateway ports," said US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
As the Trump administration continues to invest in America's infrastructure, this new programme aims to support public coastal ports by improving the safety, efficiency, or reliability of goods movement into, out of, or within a port, she said.
Investments in port transportation infrastructure will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects located either within the boundary of a coastal seaport, or outside the boundary of a coastal seaport, and directly relate to port operations or to an intermodal connection to a port.
The department will evaluate projects using criteria which include leveraging federal funds, project costs and benefits, project outcomes, project readiness, and domestic preference. The department will also consider geographic diversity when selecting grant recipients.

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