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Terminals Included in $1.5B Worth of US Grants

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $1.5 billion in infrastructure funding to 91 projects across 49 states, including the District of Columbia.

The funding was through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation grant program, which supports road, rail, transit and port infrastructure.

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Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $1.5 billion in infrastructure funding to 91 projects across 49 states, including the District of Columbia.

“BUILD transportation grants are major investments in road, rail, transit, and port projects that serve as a down payment on this administration’s commitment to America’s infrastructure,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Chao also noted that rail projects received $165 million, transit, including terminals and other structures, received $141 million and ports received $146 million. These grants only provide partial funding for each project; the remaining amount must be pieced together with private, state, local or other federal funds.

Demand for grants exceeded funding available—there were 851 applications from all 50 states, as well as the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Projects were selected based on: safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection and state of good repair. Other criteria also accounted for innovation, broadband service to underserved communities and demonstrating partnerships between the public and private sectors.

Terminal projects that received the most funding include:

  • Metrorail Station Platform Reconstruction Project, District of Columbia, $20 million - The project will reconstruct platforms and other station elements at seven outdoor Metrorail stations. The scope of the project includes demolishing and rebuilding passenger platforms; correcting height variances to align with railcar floors; and improving and enhancing transit facilities. The project is the first phase of a larger effort to make similar improvements at twenty outdoor Metrorail stations.
  • Raleigh Union Station Phase II: RUS Bus, North Carolina, $20 million - The project will construct a new bus facility and structured parking to create a multimodal transit center in downtown Raleigh. The project includes an off-street bus transfer facility, pedestrian bridge, BRT platform and other BRT infrastructure, on-street pedestrian improvements and wayfinding, traffic signal prioritization and new rolling stock.
  • SEMO Port Loop Track Terminal Project, Missouri, $19.8 million - The project will construct a new rail-barge terminal that consists of a loop track for the accommodation of unit trains; a rail-to-barge conveyor system for rapid unloading and product transfer; and a river barge load out terminal.
  • Virginia Inland Port Terminal Optimization and Grade Separation, Virginia, $15.5 million - The project will optimize the flow of traffic inside the inland port’s gate through the addition of three long loading tracks, lengthening of existing loading tracks and the acquisition of two hybrid straddle carriers. Outside the gate, the project will see the construction of a new highway-rail grade separation.
  • North Terminal Extension Project, Massachusetts, $15.4 million - The project will construct approximately 800 feet of additional bulkhead, backfill of the constructed bulkhead with clean material from maintenance harbor dredging and extend three rail spurs to increase multimodal options.


Tagged categories: Department of Transportation (DOT); Funding; Grants; Infrastructure; Maintenance + Renovation; North America; Terminals

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