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DOT unveils plan to expand America's marine highways: advocates say the push to increase short-sea shipping has the potential to improve supply chain operations and benefit other modes of freight transportation.(NEWS & ANALYSIS)

WASHINGTON -- Long overlooked as a viable alternative to over-the-road transportation, United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood last month announced the inception of "America's Marine Highway" program, an effort to shift freight to waterways from congested U.S. highways.

As part of this initiative, the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) will help to identify rivers and coastal routes that could carry cargo efficiently, bypassing congested roads around busy ports and reducing greenhouse gases, according to DOT officials.


This announcement follows $58 million in grants for projects supporting the start-up or expansion of Marine Highway services, which were awarded through the DOT's TIGER grants program. …

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