Port of Savannah to Receive U.S. DOT FASTLANE Grant
(Washington, D.C.) – As a result of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act signed into law last year, the Port of Savannah will receive $44,000,000 for reconfiguration and improvement of its on-dock container transfer facilities to bring rail switching activities inside the Port. The funds were awarded through the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (NSFHP) Program, which established a competitive grant program known as Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-Term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE).
As the name suggests, FASTLANE is consistent with the intent of lawmakers – including Georgia’s House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee member Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07) – to prioritize federal spending on projects most critical to the nation’s safety and economic success while shifting those dollars away from less significant projects. As the largest single container terminal in North America, the Port of Savannah handled more containers last year than ever before, and it continues to be a critical hub for freight shipments throughout the entire southeastern United States and beyond.
“We knew going in that the FAST Act needed to be legislation that would reform how we go about prioritizing and spending money maintaining and expanding America’s infrastructure, and in turn, start earning back America’s trust in how we use their hard-earned tax dollars,” said Rep. Woodall. “This grant, and others in FASTLANE, is a wonderful example of that effort taking shape. The Port of Savannah is one of the busiest ports in the country, which makes it the perfect candidate for what this program is intended to do: steer taxpayer dollars toward projects that matter most to America. Whether it’s ensuring the safety of workers and nearby residents, clearing traffic congestion to get folks home to their families sooner, or making sure we have the necessary infrastructure to create Georgia jobs, this is exactly the kind of nationally significant project that will benefit Georgia families and our nation’s economy.”
Included in the objectives of the FASTLANE grants, the FAST Act’s NSFHP Program prioritizes the following:
- Improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of freight and people;
- Generate national or regional economic benefits and an increase in global economic competitiveness of the U.S;
- Reduce highway congestion and bottlenecks;
- Improve connectivity between modes of freight transportation;
- Enhance the resiliency of critical highway infrastructure and help protect the environment;
- Improve roadways vital to national energy security; and
- Address the impact of population growth on the movement of people and freight.
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.