America’s Marine Highway program

Water cargo projects named

In 2007, Congress mandated a program to better use waterways to decrease highway congestion and emissions.

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Program to shift cargo from highway to water

The U.S. Department of Transportation April 7 unveiled an initiative to move more cargo on the water rather than on U.S. highways. Under the “America’s Marine Highway” program, DOT’s Maritime Administration will help identify rivers and coastal routes that could carry cargo efficiently, bypassing congested roads around busy ports and reducing greenhouse gases. “For too long, we’ve overlooked the economic and environmental benefits that our waterways and domestic seaports offer as a means of moving freight in this ...

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