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DOT awards $900 million for multi-modal projects

PortandTerminal.com, November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced November 12th the administration’s investment of $900 million in American infrastructure through the “BUILD” Transportation Discretionary Grants Program.

The federal transportation funding has been awarded to 55 projects in 35 states to rebuild and repair freight and passenger transportation projects throughout the U.S. in the latest round of competitive grants.

No individual grant was more than $25 million, and no state was awarded more than $90 million. Half of the funding was awarded to projects in rural areas “to reflect the Administration’s ongoing effort to rebalance historic under-investment in rural America.”

Last year, DOT awarded $1.5 billion in BUILD grants for 91 projects in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Included among the 2019 grants is $20 million for the Port of Jacksonville, Florida (Jaxport) that will be used to expand its Blount Island Marine Terminal, and $20 million to expand container storage at the Conley Terminal at the Port of Boston.

The Inland Port Arizona Improvement Project in Florence, Arizona, will receive $15.4 million. Nikola Motor Corp., in association with Saint Holdings, announced in March it had closed on the purchase of 389 acres at Inland Port Arizona in Coolidge, Arizona, to build a manufacturing facility for Nikola’s hydrogen-powered Class 8 trucks.

Also included is an $11.3 million award for a rail-truck transload facility in Spokane, Washington, and $6.5 million for road improvements on the Northwest Business Corridor Truck Route in Hays, Kansas.

Rebranded as BUILD in 2018, the grants were known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants under the Obama administration. Including the latest round, the program has invested over $8 billion in competitive infrastructure grants since 2009.

BUILD grants target roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation projects, whereas as DOT’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America discretionary grant program is geared toward freight highway projects.

The full list of awarded projects can be found on the U.S. DOT website.

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