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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Maritime Administration

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) President Biden signed into law in November 2021 delivers a once-in-a-generation $1.2 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. 

For maritime, the BIL invests more than $17 billion in port infrastructure and waterways with the primary aim of addressing needed repairs and maintenance backlogs, reducing congestion to strengthen our supply chains and remove bottlenecks to expedite commerce, cutting emissions near ports by boosting electrification and investing in other low-carbon technologies to reduce environmental impacts on neighboring communities. The information below describes how MARAD will use this historic law to create jobs and support U.S. maritime competitiveness through investing in modern, resilient and sustainable port and freight infrastructure. 

“The once-in-a-generation investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will improve people’s lives in every state in the nation by increasing access to safe, clean, reliable transportation.” – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP)

BIL designates $450 million annually for the next five years for PIDP. And on top of that, the appropriations measure just passed by Congress—the first enacted under President Biden—provides an additional $234 million dollars for the PIDP program, bringing the total amount of funding available this year to more than $680 million.  This far exceeds any previous investment in the PIDP program.

This will allow significant improvements to port facilities on our coasts, rivers and Great Lakes. Projects can fall into one of four categories: 

  • Loading and unloading of goods at a port
  • Movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port
  • Resilience (such as projects addressing rising sea-level, flooding, extreme weather events, natural disasters)
  • Environmental and emissions mitigation measures (such as projects to reduce or eliminate port-related pollutants or greenhouse gas emissions)

For more information related to PIDP grants, contact the program office at

Marine Highways Program (MHP)

BIL designates $25 million this year to the MHP, which will expand the use of America’s navigable waters to expand marine highway service options and further integrate them into the U.S. transportation system. Shifting cargoes off America’s crowded roads offers the added benefit of reducing road congestion and associated vehicle emissions.

More recently, DOT announced that as a result of additional money appropriated to the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP) in the FY 2022 appropriations measure, the total amount of funding available for the program has increased to $39.8 million. 

MARAD also extended the deadline for applicants to apply for funding to June 17, 2022.

For more information on America’s Marine Highways, contact the program office at

Addressing Climate Change

Several environmental benefits come from investing in U.S. maritime competitiveness, including improving the overall environmental sustainability of the U.S. transportation system through reduced emissions and resilient infrastructure. 

New Job Creation

The investment in new technologies and infrastructure opens many new job opportunities, from creating anti-idling technologies to developing port and terminal microgrids.

“These investments will support the shift to cleaner transportation, which will create more economic activity and good paying jobs,” – Acting Maritime Administrator Lucinda Lessley


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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan for building a better America with a $1.2 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. This Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, upgrade and expand public transit, modernize the nation’s ports and airports, improve safety, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. It will drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably so that everyone gets ahead for decades to come. To learn more, visit: