Baltimore logistics hub gets $20 million TIGER grant

The Sparrows Point site at the Port of Baltimore. Photo credit: Tradepoint Atlantic.

The $20 million awarded to Tradepoint Atlantic and Baltimore Country to convert the site of a former steel mill into a multimodal logistics hub at Sparrows Point was the largest single sum for maritime infrastructure and the only project to focus on multimodal transport solutions ideal for container shipping.

The funding at Baltimore will help to renovate a 2,200 linear foot berth with a new pile support system, a recessed utility section to enable transfer of liquid commodities, dredging of the turning basin, and other site improvements. The site hosts auto processing facilities for the Pasha Group, as well as a distribution centers for Under Armour, FedEx, and Access World. Amazon is building a warehouse set to open in 2019 on the site, which also houses a Harley Davidson rider training center.

Roughly 55 percent of funds from Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) are going to freight projects this year, with much of it related to road work in rural areas.

“More than 64 percent of this round of TIGER funding was awarded to rural projects, a historic number that demonstrates this administration’s commitment to supporting the country’s rural communities,” the DOT said in a statement.

That 55 percent of funding for projects focused on freight or with a freight element is an increase from the 27 percent in the last round of grants, according to the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors.

A total of $33.1 million will go to rail projects in Indiana, Idaho, and North Carolina. With the exception of Sparrows Point, a roll-on, roll-off terminal in the Port of Mobile, and two ship slips in Chalmette, Louisiana, the rest of the funding went to projects that had a heavy focus on local roadways and commuters.

Contact Dustin Braden at dustin.braden@ihsmarkit.com and follow him on Twitter: @dustin_joc.

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