U.S. DOT Selects Port Manatee Project for America’s Marine Highway Initiative

U.S. DOT Selects Port Manatee Project for America’s Marine Highway Initiative

PALMETTO, Fla. – The Manatee County Port Authority received word today that U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the designation of 18 Marine Highway Corridors and eight Marine Highway Projects that are now eligible to compete for federal funding through America’s Marine Highway Program.

The Marine Highway initiative aims to move more cargo via America’s waterways, alleviating highway congestion and reducing emissions.

“Making better use of our rivers and coastal routes offers an intelligent way to relieve some of the biggest challenges we face in transportation – congestion on our roads, climate change, fossil fuel energy use and soaring road maintenance costs,” said Secretary LaHood. “There is no better time for us to improve the use of our rivers and coasts for transportation.” 

The Cross Gulf Container Expansion Project – an existing container-on-barge service between Port Manatee and the Port of Brownville, Texas is one of the eight Marine Highway Projects selected. The project designation provides the foundation for Port Manatee and its partner, the Port of Brownsville, to compete for $7 million in U.S.

Department of Transportation Maritime Administration grants, along with the seven others.

Project Name  Project SponsorProject Location(s)
Cross Gulf Container Expansion           Port Manatee, FL and the Port of Brownsville, TXBrownsville, TX; Manatee, FL (on Lower Tampa Bay)
Cross Sound EnhancementsConnecticut State Department of TransportationNew London, CT;  Orient Point, Long Island, NY
New England Marine Highway Expansion ProjectMaine Department of TransportationNewark, NJ; Boston, MA; Portland, ME
Tenn-Tom Waterway Pilot ProjectPort Itawamba, MississippiMobile, AL; Itawamba, MS (SE of Memphis, TN)
Gulf Atlantic Marine Highway ProjectSouth Carolina State Ports Authority & Port of Galveston, TXGalveston, TX; Charleston, SC (Others as project develops)
Detroit-Wayne County Ferry                         Detroit/Wayne County Port AuthorityDetroit, MI; Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Trans-Hudson Rail Service         Port Authority of New York and New JerseyJersey City, NJ (Greenville Rail Terminal); Brooklyn, NY
James River Container ExpansionVirginia Port AuthorityRichmond, Hampton Roads and Norfolk, VA

The Cross Gulf Container Expansion Project, operated by SeaBridge Freight, runs along the newly designated M-10 Marine Highway Corridor, a 926-mile, all-water-route spanning five states, ten major metropolitan areas and directly connects Florida with Texas.