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Strengthening U.S. Ports to Support
Increasing Freight and Transportation
By U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao

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merica's more than 300 ports are a
vital part of a strong and healthy
economy connecting manufacturers, businesses and farmers
to the global marketplace and creating vital
jobs for hardworking Americans. Since 2007
alone, ports have created 9.8 million new
jobs for a total of 23 million port-related
jobs in the United States.
Ports also help strengthen our country's
competitiveness by moving exports and
imports quickly and efficiently to domestic and global markets. Without modern,
intermodal ports, the U.S. will not be able
to maintain its position as a global leader in
trade. Ports form hubs of intermodal systems by connecting waterways, roads, rail
and even air transport, which work together
to efficiently and safely move people and
freight. The Department of Transportation
and the Maritime Administration (MARAD)
are helping ports improve their intermodal
capacity to contribute to economic growth
and job creation.
As the economy continues its recent
growth, freight movement is rising, which
increases the demand for ports of all
sizes and uses. Our ports must be able to
accommodate economic growth, as well as
reduce congestion. This means they need
to be brought up-to-date and modernized
through smart investments. For the system
to work efficiently, ports must be connected
intermodally to rail, highways and other
necessary infrastructure. That enhances
their ability to do the essential job of moving
freight safely and seamlessly from the heartland to international markets. American
industry and jobs depend on this.
But today, our ports face challenges.
Chief among these are aging and crumbling
infrastructure. One example is the port

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of Eastport in Maine. The port's breakwater collapsed in December 2013 due
to years of severe deterioration, causing
the local economy to suffer. While closed,
it displaced more than 40 fishing vessels,
lost revenue for berthing and vessel supply, and was closed to the public and the
Coast Guard. To repair it as quickly as
possible, a $6 million grant was awarded
by the Department of Transportation and
was combined with state and local funds to
get the project underway. It was officially
reopened in July 2017.
Eastport is not unique. There are many
ports throughout the U.S. that are in urgent
need of repairs and updates. However, it
often takes years to start these necessary
projects due to delays in the regulatory
process that can cost millions of extra dollars and wasted time. A key part of this
Administration's infrastructure plan is to
help streamline those processes so they
can get off the ground quickly - resulting
in on-time, cost-effective project delivery.
Reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens
that constrain transportation growth and
repair will allow more innovation and
increased safety.
Another key component of the
Administration's infrastructure policy is
to incentivize public-private partnerships
to better leverage private capital to invest in
infrastructure. Federal money can be used
as "seed capital" to get projects underway,
incenting greater investments by state, local
and private partners.
To help with this, the Department
recently announced its new Infrastructure
for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants
program that will make $1.5 billion in
discretionary grants available to state and
local governments. INFRA Grants will

The Department
(of Transportation)
recently announced its
new Infrastructure for
Rebuilding America
(INFRA) grants
program that will
make $1.5 billion in
discretionary grants
available to state and
local governments.
leverage more non-Federal funding, and
will allow innovation in the project delivery
and the permitting process. The program
is a great resource for port projects and
all are encouraged to apply. The notice
soliciting proposals under this program
closes November 2, 2017. You can get more
information on the Department's website
at www.dot.gov.
MARAD also launched a Port Planning
and Investment Toolkit as an easy-tounderstand resource for ports on funding and executing projects to streamline
the entire process. The toolkit includes
information on engaging private partners, defining problems, navigating the
preplanning process and more. To utilize
the toolkit, visit the MARAD website
at MARAD.dot.gov.
U.S. ports are vital to our county's success. Through smart investments, better
planning and efficient use of resources we
can support our growing freight demand
and ensure a bright future for maritime transport.  ●


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Strengthening U.S. Ports to Support Increasing Freight and Transportation
Port Partnerships for Strategic Positioning and Success
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