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Marine Highway Corridors and Projects Identified

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council
    Ahoy there, We, within the Pacific Merchant Marine Council, continue to track these developments within our nation s maritime transportation system.
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 16, 2010
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      Ahoy there,
       
      We, within the Pacific Merchant Marine Council, continue to track these developments within our nation's maritime transportation system.
       
      California's corridors, projects, grants, and new initiatives are a focus of California Marine & Intermodal Transportation System Advisory Council (CALMITSAC) meetings - the next being 1030 - 1530, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 at the California Department of Transportation Headquarters Building,1120 N Street, Room 2116, Sacramento.  
       
      A number of members will be attending and participating in the meeting on the 18th. Contact Bob Dockendorff, (415) 826-3867, for information on the agenda.        
       
      Heave Ho,
       
      Phelps
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      Marine Highway Corridors and Projects Identified

      File Image courtesy MARAD
      Image courtesy MARAD

      On August 11, 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood identified 18 marine corridors, eight projects, and six initiatives for further development as part of “America’s Marine Highway Program.”  In addition, the Maritime Administration made available $7m for which these projects will be able to compete through a Notice of Funding Availability. 

      The Marine Highway Program was fully implemented in April 2010 through publication of a Final Rule in the Federal Register.  The Secretary’s designations were made pursuant to the Final Rule, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. 

      Marine Highway Corridors:  These all-water routes consist of 11 Corridors, four Connectors and three Crossings that can serve as extensions of the surface transportation system.  These corridors identify routes where water transportation presents an opportunity to offer relief to landside corridors that suffer from traffic congestion, excessive air emissions or other environmental concerns and other challenges.  Corridors are generally longer, multi-state routes whereas Connectors represent shorter routes that serve as feeders to the larger Corridors.  Crossings are short routes that transit harbors or waterways and offer alternatives to much longer or less convenient land routes between points.  By designating these Marine Highway Corridors, Connectors and Crossings, Secretary LaHood is taking the first step to focus public and private efforts to use the waterways to relieve landside congestion and attain other benefits that waterborne transportation can offer in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, energy savings and increased system resiliency.  
       
      Marine Highway Projects:  The Secretary has also selected eight Marine Highway Projects for designation under the program.  These projects represent new or expanded Marine Highway Services that offer promise of public benefit and long-term sustainability without future Federal operational support.  These projects will receive preferential treatment for any future federal assistance from the Department and MARAD.  The projects will help start new businesses or expand existing ones to move more freight or passengers along America’s coastlines and waterways.  The services have the potential to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion along surface corridors as well as provide jobs for skilled mariners and shipbuilders.   The projects were selected from among 35 applications from ports and local transportation planning agencies received by the Department’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). 

      Marine Highway Grants:  Sponsors of Marine Highway Projects are eligible to compete for a share of up to $7m in Marine Highway Grants. 

      Marine Highway Initiatives:  In addition to Projects, the Secretary has selected six applications that, while not developed to the point of proposing specific services and routes required of Project designation, they offer promise of potential in the future.  While not eligible to compete for upcoming Marine Highway Grants, these “Marine Highway Initiatives” will receive support from the Department of Transportation in the form of assistance in further developing the concepts through conduct of research, market analysis and other efforts to identify the opportunities they may present.

    • usaseapower
      From below: Of the 35 total port and transportation agency applicants, the Golden State initiative was the only West Coast proposal to be selected as a
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 20, 2010
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        From below:

        Of the 35 total port and transportation agency applicants, the Golden State initiative was the only West Coast proposal to be selected as a potential grantee.

        The Golden State Initiative will provide funding to the ports of Redwood City, Hueneme and San Diego and the Humboldt Bay Harbor District for the development of a 1,100-mile Marine Highway along the West Coast of California. The project may ultimately extend further north, possibly into the Pacific Northwest.

        Fully implemented, the Golden State Marine Highway Initiative could provide an alternative to domestic north-south freight traffic along the highly congested Interstate-5 in California. This could provide some relief to considerable annual truck delays in several urban areas of California and relieve some of Southern California's freight rail congestion identified by the US Department of Transportation.

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        Thursday, August 19, 2010

        West Coast Initiative Named Potential Grantee sor Marine Highway Funds

        United States Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood announced last week that the initial projects eligible for funding under the Marine Highway Program will include the Golden State Marine Highway Initiative for the state of California.

        In all, LaHood named eight projects and six initiatives nationwide as eligible for funding under the program.

        The project and initiative operators will now have to vie for the $7 million in federal Marine Highway Program funds available. Grant requests must be submitted by Aug. 27.

        Of the 35 total port and transportation agency applicants, the Golden State initiative was the only West Coast proposal to be selected as a potential grantee.

        The Golden State Initiative will provide funding to the ports of Redwood City, Hueneme and San Diego and the Humboldt Bay Harbor District for the development of a 1,100-mile Marine Highway along the West Coast of California. The project may ultimately extend further north, possibly into the Pacific Northwest.

        The federal Marine Highway Program, launched in April, seeks to support routes where water transportation presents an opportunity to offer relief to landside corridors that suffer from traffic congestion, excessive air emissions or other environmental concerns and other challenges. Projects eligible for funding are new waterborne services or expansion of current services between US ports.

        Fully implemented, the Golden State Marine Highway Initiative could provide an alternative to domestic north-south freight traffic along the highly congested Interstate-5 in California. This could provide some relief to considerable annual truck delays in several urban areas of California and relieve some of Southern California's freight rail congestion identified by the US Department of Transportation. _____________________________________

        --- In PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com, "Pacific Merchant Marine Council" <pmmc@...> wrote:

        Ahoy there,

        We, within the Pacific Merchant Marine Council, continue to track these
        California's corridors, projects, grants, and new initiatives...
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