The Hill.com reports the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it intends to award almost $800 million in federal “FASTLANE” grants to 18 projects around the country.
“The demand for the FASTLANE program has already far exceeded expectations, receiving 212 applications for projects totaling roughly $10 billion, more than 10 times the available amount,” committee leaders said in a joint statement. “This program is an important achievement of the FAST Act, and the response illustrates how critical freight and highway investments are to improving the movement of goods and reducing congestion.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) received 212 applications requesting a total of $9.8 billion, but was only authorized $759 million for the program.
FASTLANE Projects include:
- $90 million for Washington, D.C. Arlington Memorial Bridge
- $44 million to the Georgia Ports Authority for the Port of Savannah International Multimodal Connector to increase rail capacity at the Garden City Container Terminal.
- $42 million for the Massachusetts Port Authority
- $25.65 million to the Iowa Department of Transportation for a full service intermodal facility at Cedar Rapids Logistics Park.
- $10.67 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) for the Cross Harbor Freight Program (Rail) applied toward a $17.8-million project to reduce highway truck traffic by improving PANYNJ's railcar float system and improvements to the 65th Street Yard to increase capacity, and the construction of a double track portion of the Port Jersey Division of the New York New Jersey Rail.
- $7.71 million to the Maine Department of Transportation for the Maine Intermodal Port Productivity Project for infrastructure improvements, equipment and technology investments for the Port of Portland.
- $45 million to Seattle for the South Lander Street Grade Separation and Railroad Safety Project
- $5 million to the city of Tukwila in Washinton for the Strander Boulevard Extension and Grade Separation Phase 3.
The Hill also says another prospective grantee is in Louisiana, where officials hope to use $60 million in federal funding to eliminate the only place in the nation where the interstate drops down to one lane.
The awards will be issued after a 60-day review period.