Ohio Receives $30 Million in Federal Funding for
Multi-State National Gateway Project

Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority Also Receives $20 Million in TIGER Funding to Improve Transit Opportunities in Northeast Ohio

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today announced that Ohio has been awarded $30 million in federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants for the CSX National Gateway project.

The National Gateway is an $842 million, multi-state infrastructure freight project aimed at reducing congestion on roads and highways, lowering emissions, and conserving energy. The TIGER Discretionary Grant program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“The National Gateway will improve the movement of freight and give Ohio even more opportunities to deliver goods to markets across our region and country,” Strickland said.

A total of $98 million was awarded in TIGER grants today to cover the federal portion of National Gateway clearance projects in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Ohio served as the lead sponsor of the National Gateway TIGER application.

The State of Ohio has already committed $20 million in targeted ARRA resources from the Federal Highway Administration to the National Gateway project and $5 million from the Ohio Rail Development Commission for safety improvements around the new CSX terminal in North Baltimore. An additional $10 million in logistics and distribution funding from the Ohio Bipartisan Job Stimulus Plan is pending Development Financing Advisory Council and Controlling Board approval.

The National Gateway project will create a highly efficient double-stack rail corridor between East Coast sea ports and consumption centers and Midwest distribution centers, improving the nation’s economy and environment.

“This award is a validation of the benefits of freight rail and the prominent role that railroads play in growing our economy and protecting our environment,” said Strickland. “With anticipated freight growth of 70 percent over the next two decades, the National Gateway is a timely and critical investment in our transportation infrastructure.”

In August 2009, Strickland broke ground on the new CSX intermodal terminal in North Baltimore, near Toledo, as part of the National Gateway Project. The facility will support the efficient and environmentally beneficial movement of containers between rail and truck.

“Ohio has made investments in a vast multi-modal transportation network for the movement of goods, and this project will further position our state as a national leader in logistics and distribution. Through this announcement and last month’s passenger rail awards, President Obama and Transportation Secretary LaHood have signaled their commitment to freight rail, passenger rail and multi-modal transportation opportunities that will move our state and country into the future.”

The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority in Kent was awarded a $20 million grant that will assist in the construction of a building with a commercial space, parking garage, bus bays and bicycle storage to improve transit accessibility in Kent and linkages to Cleveland and Akron.

“This investment in transit will help maximize transportation opportunities for people in Northeast Ohio,” Strickland said.

for more information, contact: Amanda Wurst , Governor's Office, at 614 644-0957/614 832-7512