Infrastructure Bill Passes

Source:  AAPA Release 11/6/21

U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes over $5 billion exclusively for port programs and an additional $27 billion that ports would be eligible to apply for.

President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law quickly.

Funding in this bill is spread over five years and will be above and beyond annual baseline appropriations.

Some reports have overrepresented the amount of funding in this bill for ports by including land ports of entry. However, this bill represents a significant down payment on modernizing and upgrading port and intermodal infrastructure. The higher amounts reported give us a target to shoot for as we continue to work with Congress on reconciliation and appropriations bills.

The following is a summary of the funding included in the bipartisan legislation:

Port Specific Programs – $5.225 billion

  • Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Navigation Construction – $1.5 billion*
  • Army Corps of Engineers Operations & Maintenance – $1.2 billion*
  • Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) – $2.25 billion
  • Marine Highways – $25 million
  • Reduction of Truck Emissions at Ports (new) – $250 million

*AAPA Estimate

Port Eligible Programs – $27.1 billion over 5 years:

  • RAISE Grants (formerly, BUILD Grants) – $12.5 billion
  • Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants – $3.2 billion
  • Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) Grants – $5 billion
  • National Infrastructure Project Assistance Program (new) – $5 billion
  • Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) Grants (new) – $1.4 billion

The bipartisan infrastructure bill also includes Surface Transportation Reauthorization with baseline spending for INFRA at $960 million per year and the increase of the multimodal caps for the program, a long-time AAPA request.

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Margaret Kaigh Doyle has spent three decades working in the maritime and energy sectors. Doyle served four terms as an appointed member of the US Coast Guard Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), most recently chairing its LNG Fuels Subcommittee. In 2014, Doyle was responsible for developing and delivering the first set of LNG Bunkering Courses in North America. In 2017, she worked as a member of the prep team for Eagle LNG Partners Talleyrand Bunkering Depot, designed and built specifically to fuel the Crowley Dual Fuel ConRo Vessels. Doyle has also participated on the U.S. Delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on LNG matters and serves as a value contributor to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), SEALNG and the Society for Marine Gas as Fuel (SGMF). She is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and holds advanced degrees in engineering from The George Washington and Pennsylvania State Universities.

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