Trump’s mega infrastructure plans slow, but ports gaining small victories

Seatrade Maritime News |

August 19, 2019

The bold/audacious/humongous or simply bodacious Trump “infrastructure” plan, estimated to be anywhere from $1.5trn to $2trn, seems not to be happening, but small victories are being seen in the ports sector.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) is in the process of choosing recipients for the 2019 INFRA grants. Another trade group, the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC), whose members include Ports America Chesapeake, lauded an $125m INFRA grant award that will help fund the raising of the roof (aka vertical clearance) of a rail tunnel in Baltimore that will enable the “double stack” movement of containers between the Seagirt Marine Terminal and inland points concentrated in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, via the CSX railroad.

This is a big deal. The CAGTC described the endeavour, The Howard Street Tunnel Project, as “a decades long effort to address a major freight infrastructure need in our nation’s transportation network.” Reduced blockages on the road, as freight moves by rail rather than truck, are a major benefit; the motorways in the region, including route I-95, are among the most congested in the US.

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