The Department of Transportation this month announced eight marine highway projects expected to be the pioneers along DOT-designated marine highway corridors:
-- Enhanced ferry service across Long Island Sound between New London, Conn., and Orient Point, N.Y.
-- New England Marine Highway Expansion: Expand existing container-on-barge service, or addition of vessel service.
-- Cross Gulf Container Expansion: Increase the frequency of service of an existing tug-barge route between Port Manatee, Fla., and Brownsville, Texas.
-- Tenn-Tom Waterway Pilot: Establish container-on-barge service between the ports of Itawamba, Miss., and Mobile, Ala.
-- Gulf-Atlantic Marine Highway: Establish feeder service by small container ships between the ports of Charleston and Galveston and smaller ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
-- Detroit-Wayne County Ferry: Establish passenger ferry service between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
-- Trans-Hudson Rail Service: Expand railcar float service in New York harbor.
-- James River Container Service: Expand an existing container-on-barge service between the Hampton Roads ports and the Port of Richmond, Va. Also start inter-terminal barge service.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also named six other marine highways “initiatives.” Those projects are:
-- Hudson River Food Corridor: A feasibility study for water transportation of fresh produce between upstate New York, Long Island and the New York metropolitan area.
-- New Jersey Marine Highways: A feasibility study of a marine highway network within the state and ports in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia.
-- East Coast Marine Highway: An Atlantic coast marine highway proposal between the ports of New Bedford, Mass., Baltimore and Port Canaveral, Fla.
-- West Coast Hub Feeder: A feasibility study of an intermodal distribution network along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.
-- Golden State Marine Highway: An initiative to establish a 1,100-mile corridor between the California ports of Redwood City, Hueneme, Humboldt Bay and San Diego.
-- Illinois-Gulf Marine Highway: A feasibility study of service on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers between Peoria, Ill., and Gulf of Mexico ports.
“The list of projects is not written in stone, and we’re not throwing the chisel away,” Deputy Maritime Administrator Orlando Gotay said. “There will be additional opportunities for new proposals to come forward.”
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