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IRPT 2020 Conference: April 20-22 in Little Rock, Arkansas

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DOT’s INFRA Grants

The Department of Transportation has officially issued a notice of grant opportunity for INFRA Grants. The award ceiling is $1,400,000,000 and the award floor is $5,000,000. Closing date to submit an INFRA Grant application is November 2, 2017. Eligible applicants for INFRA grants are: • a State or group of States; • a metropolitan planning…
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Rejecting proposed cuts, House approves healthy spending for inland rivers investments

Congress has given the first signs that it will reject the Trump administration’s proposed cuts for spending on inland rivers, locks and dams, as well as a proposed user fee on commercial barge operators. The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works program that ignores…
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EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a SmartWay Transport Partnership program that “helps companies and organizations achieve their freight supply chain sustainability goals by providing credible tools, data, and standards—at no cost—for measuring, benchmarking, and improving environmental performance.” Any company or organization that ships, manages, or hauls freight can become a SmartWay Partner. There are…
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Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is now soliciting applications for the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. Authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act’s Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program, INFRA grants will fund critical freight and highway projects across the country. The INFRA program will make approximately $1.5…
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STB Final Rule

Filed in the Federal Register, the Surface Transportation Board (Board) is adopting final rules amending its regulations on the publication of rate and service terms for agricultural products and fertilizer. To view the ruling in its entirety, please click here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/06/2017-14180/publication-requirements-for-agricultural-products-rail-transportation-of-grain-rate-regulation?utm_campaign=subscription%20mailing%20list&utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email Effective July 30, 2017: The Board is adopting final rules amending its regulations governing…
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Notice of Grant Funding

FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs ­ Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Under this NOFA, EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs.…
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Public Meeting Notice

The Mississippi River Commission, Corps of Engineers has announced the public meeting notice for its annual low water inspection tour. The public meetings will be held on board the Motor Vessel Mississippi as follows: Cape Girardeau, MO – City Front……….9:00 am – 12:30 pm on August 7th Memphis, TN – Beale Street Landing… 9:00 am…
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Have you seen the “Fact Sheet on the 2018 Budget: Infrastructure Initiative”?

Please access the full document here. The document outlines: The Importance of Infrastructure The President has consistently emphasized that the Nation’s infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and modernized to create jobs, maintain America’s economic competitiveness, and connect communities and people to more opportunities. The United States no longer has the best infrastructure in the world.…
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Introduction to IRPT and its Members: Rediscover the strength of America’s Inland Rivers

Who is IRPT? Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (IRPT) is a nationwide trade association for users of the U.S. Inland Waterway system. IRPT promotes the use of our nation’s rivers as the most cost effective, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation. With that, we also know how vital of a roll the rail and trucking industry play…
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Army Corps of Engineers regarding Issuance and Reissuance of Nationwide Section 404 Permits

SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is reissuing 50 existing nationwide permits (NWPs), general conditions, and definitions, with some modifications. The Corps is also issuing two new NWPs and one new general condition. The effective date for the new and reissued NWPs is March 19, 2017. These NWPs will expire on March 18,…
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