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Inland Port and Terminal Grant Program

Inland Port and Terminal Grant Program

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc. has recently proposed an inland port and terminal grant program to provide assistance for landside infrastructure investments. Highlights of the program include:

• For public ports and private terminals;
• For inland and smaller coastal facilities less than 8 million tons;
• For landside infrastructure investments, including river, road and rail projects;
• 50/50 cost share.

Why: Inland facilities cannot compete for funding in INFRA, BUILD, TIGER, etc. because the project minimum is far too high. Infrastructure projects sought by inland facilities are far less costly than the minimum required for those programs.

• the economic advantage and the contribution to freight transportation of inland waterway ports and terminals and smaller coastal ports and terminals;
• the competitive disadvantage of inland waterway ports and terminals and smaller coastal ports and terminals; to contend for federal funding assistance;
• the higher truck weight allowances, wider axles and more that contribute to roadway improvement needs.

Here's the thing: We just don’t need much and with a 50/50 cost share, we can increase the infrastructure investments for less federal dollars.

Please access a One Pager of the Bill here and supplemental information here.

IRPT Members around the nation have submitted letters of support to their congressional leaders in their districts and states. 204 Letters of Support have been submitted to House and Senate Leaders around the nation, including letters from:

Red River Waterway Commission

Arkansas Waterways Commission

AOPOA

Muskogee City-County Port Authority

Finkbiner Equipment

Bluff City Materials dba Reliable Asphalt

Alter Logistics Company

America's Central Port, IL

Kaskaskia Regional Port District

Pemiscot County Port

Port KC

Superior Marine Ways

Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminal, OH

Paducah McCracken Co. Riverport Auth.

River Trading Company

Varo Engineers

F& M Mafco

Ports of Indiana, IN

Lewis County IDA

Missouri Port Authority Association

5R Enterprises

Gateway Dredging and Contracting

Semo Port (Southeast Missouri)

AGRIServices of Brunswick

J.F. Brennan

Owensboro Riverport

Yellow Bend Port Authority

New Bourban Regional Port

Natchez Adams County Port

Port of Morgan City

Three Rivers Marine & Rail Terminals

Claiborne County Port

Central Louisiana Regional Port

Madison Parish Port

Lake Providence Port

Little Rock Port Authority

North America Stevedore

Caddo Bossier Port

TPG Marine

Illinois International Port District

New Madrid Port Authority

Rosedale Bolivar Port

Oklahoma DOT

Natchitoches Parish Port

Meredosia Terminals

Millard Maritime

LITGTT Authority

IRPT’s Board of Directors are hitting the Hill the week of November 12th in Washington. We are meeting with 47 Congressional offices in both the Senate and House and on both sides of the aisle.

IRPT would greatly appreciate your support for this bill.