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Unformatted text preview: e there are corridors, the federal government will help focus attention and in vestments to get those services up and running,” he said. “This is something that we think is going to go a long way.” 31 | P a g e Inland Waterways Affirmative BDL Article: America’s Marine Highway Corridors US Department of Transportation, 2010, “America’s Marine Highway Corridors,” On August 11, 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood identified 18 marine corridors, 8 projects, and 6 initiatives for further development as part of “America’s Marine Highway Program.” In addition, the Maritime Administration made available $7 million for which these projects will be able to compete through a Notice of Funding Availability. Please see the entire press release at The Marine Highway Program was fully implemented in April 2010 through publication of a Final Rule in the Federal Register ( The Secretary’s designations were made pursuant to the Final Rule, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Marine Highway Corridors: These all-water routes consist of 11 Corridors, 4 Connectors and 3 Crossings that can serve as extensions of the surface transportation system. These corridors identify routes where water transportation presents an opportunity to offer relief to landside corridors that suffer from traffic congestion, excessive air emissions or other environmental concerns and other challenges. Corridors are generally longer, multi-state routes whereas Connectors represent shorter routes that serve as feeders to the larger Corridors. Crossings are short routes that transit harbors or waterways and offer alternatives to much longer or less convenient land routes between points. By designating these Marine Highway Corridors, Connectors and Crossings, Secretary LaHood is taking the first step to focus public and private efforts to use the waterways to rel ieve landside congestion and attain other benefits that waterborne transportation can offer in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, energy savings and increased system resiliency. Please click on this link to view the Marine Highway Corridors, Connectors and Crossings: Click here for Marine Highway Corridor Descriptions Marine Highway Projects: The Secretary has also selected eight Marine Highway Projects for designation under the program. These projects represent new or expanded Marine Highway Services that offer promise of public benefit and long-term sustainability without future Federal operational support. These projects will receive preferential treatment for any future federal assistance from the Department and MARAD. The projects will help start new businesses or expand existing ones to move more freight or passengers along America’s coastlines and waterways. The services have the potential to reduce air pollution and traffic conges...
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