Friday, October 22, 2010

Three West Coast Ports Awarded $40 Million in Fed Construction Grants

Three United States West Coast ports have received a total of nearly $40 million in capital project grants from the second round of federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program funding, or TIGER II.

The three West Coast projects, at the ports of Los Angeles, Coos Bay, and Vancouver USA, are part of 42 construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states approved by the US Department of Transportation to share in nearly $600 million in grants being offered in TIGER II funding.

The Port of Los Angeles will receive $16,000,000 to construct an intermodal railyard, which includes staging and storage tracks connecting on-dock railyards with the Alameda Corridor, as part of the port's West Basin Railyard project.

The Oregon Port of Coos Bay will receive $13,573,133 to rehabilitate the track structure of the 133-mile Coos Bay Rail Link, which closed in 2007 as a result of deferred maintenance.

The Washington-state Port of Vancouver USA will receive $10,000,000 to help complete construction of a new rail access route to alleviate rail traffic congestion at the port.

The TIGER II grants grew out of the original TIGER grant program that sought to invest in U.S. highway, transit and goods movement infrastructure projects as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. During the first round of TIGER funding, port projects received only 8 percent of the $1.5 billion in available grants. In the TIGER II funding, a total of seven port projects will receive a total of nearly $95 million in grants, or about 17 percent of available funds.