11c. Memo

Port’s Efforts Related to the Infrastructure Investment and Job

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                        Item No.   11c 
BRIEFING ITEM                            Date of Meeting   March 8, 2022 
DATE:     February 18, 2022 
TO:        Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:    Eric Schinfeld, Sr. Manager, Federal and International Government Relations 
Melissa Parks, Government Relations Policy Analyst 
SUBJECT:  Update on the Port's Efforts Related to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act 
On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs
Act (IIJA) into law. This 8-year, $1.2 trillion investment ($550 billion in new money) is a historic
opportunity to not only support key Port and regional "hard infrastructure" needs but also
address sustainability, equity, and community benefits in a wide variety of ways. To achieve these
goals, Port staff will need to work aggressively and proactively to secure a maximum amount of
this funding for local projects. 
Port staff think about IIJA funding opportunities in essentially five buckets: 
1)  Funds dedicated for airports and seaports, either via allocation formula (like some airport
dollars) or competitive grants; 
2)  Funds that ports are eligible to compete for, such as certain transportation dollars or
electric vehicle infrastructure grants; 
3)  Funds that Port partners are eligible to apply for which have benefits to the Port, such as
state road projects that improve freight mobility or Seattle City Light projects that could
support the waterfront clean energy strategy; 
4)  Funds that Port  partners are eligible to apply for which would further  the Port's
community goals, such as money for Highline Schools to purchase electric school buses
or improve school indoor air quality; and 
5)  Funds that do not support Port goals, which staff will not pursue or engage with others
For categories one and two, Port staff will focus on grant writing (either directly or in partnership
with the Northwest Seaport Alliance/NWSA); for categories three and four, Port staff will provide
technical assistance as well as letters of support. Notices of funding opportunity (NOFOs) and
other grant details are only just beginning to be released by the Biden Administration, and so
there is a significant amount of information yet to be known about eligibility, timing, and 
potential fit for Port projects. One final note is that some dollars will come not directly from the
federal government, but rather through allocation processes from the state and the Puget Sound
Regional Council; and so, Port engagement with partners at those jurisdictions is important to
maximize opportunities for funding. 

Template revised September 22, 2016.

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Meeting Date: March 8, 2022 

At the Commission's March 8 meeting, staff will share information available to-date about
potential grant opportunities, as well as next steps. 
Broad categories of funding in the IIJA are as follows: 
Roads and Bridges  $110 billion 
Passenger and Freight Rail  $66 billion 
Safety  $11 billion 
Public Transit  $39.2 billion 
Broadband  $65 billion 
Ports and Waterways  $16.6 billion 
Airports/FAA  $25 billion 
Water Infrastructure  $55 billion 
Power and Grid  $65 billion 
Resiliency  $47.2 billion 
Addressing Legacy Pollution  $21 billion 
Western Water Infrastructure  $8.3 billion 
Clean School Buses and Ferries  $7.5 billion 
Electric Vehicle Charging  $7.5 billion 
Reconnecting Communities  $1 billion 
The White House has released "A Guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for State,
Local, Tribal and Territorial Governments, and Other Partners," which includes a detailed
description of each funding category: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-
content/uploads/2022/01/BUILDING-A-BETTER-AMERICA_FINAL.pdf. Of particular note: 
I.   Port-specific dollars 
A.  Airport Funding 
(1) $15 billion for airport infrastructure grants distributed by formula: 
a.  Over the five-year period, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) will be
eligible to apply for reimbursement for an estimated ~$240 million in eligible
projects. Airports will be allowed to use these funds for any Passenger Facility
Charge (PFC) eligible projects, except debt service. 
b.  Additional details are expected to be released in May, but all potential projects
much be included in the airport's 5-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) by
March 11 to be considered eligible for funding. 
(2) $5 billion for a new "airport terminal program" distributed via competitive grants. 
a.  55% of these funds are to be reserved for large hubs like SEA to compete for. The
legislation describes the goals of the program as "terminal projects that increase
capacity, improve passenger access, replace aging infrastructure, increase energy
efficiency, expand accessibility for persons with disabilities, and improve airport
access for historically disadvantaged populations." 
Template revised September 22, 2016.

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b.  Eligible capital improvements include terminal gates; access roads servicing
exclusively airport traffic that leads directly to or from an airport passenger
terminal building; walkways that lead directly to or from an airport passenger
terminal building; multimodal terminal development; and projects for on-airport
rail access projects. 
c.   Additional details were included in the February 22 notice of funding
B.  Seaport and Maritime Funding 
This funding falls into several major categories: 
(1) Army Corps of Engineers  including $4 billion for operations and maintenance, $2.5
billion for inland waterways and $1.5 billion for rivers and harbors; 
(2) Port Infrastructure Development Program/PIDP ($2.25 billion); 
(3) Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities - $400 million for competitive grants to
reduce truck idling and emissions at ports, including through the advancement of port
(4) Land Ports of Entry Modernization and Construction Program ($3.85 billion); 
(5) Other programs ($1.2 billion)  including the America's Marine Highways program, which
will receive $25 million. 
For the Port of Seattle/NWSA, the main funding the Port can directly apply for is PIDP; as a
reminder, NWSA received a $15,730,000 PIDP grant in January for an Off-Dock Container Support
Facility (from existing funds, not IIJA dollars). PIDP is mainly focused on cargo and goods
movement, and so there are limited opportunities for the Port of Seattle homeport directly;
however, these funds can be used for electrification and workforce development, and so staff
will continue to develop potential projects for application. 
It is also worth noting that the Army Corps has announced its proposed IIJA fund uses for FY22
(the current federal fiscal year), which includes $10.8 million for the Lake Washington Ship Canal
to "replace small lock machinery and controls system." Of note, the Seattle Harbor will not be
ready for new Army Corps construction funds until the design phase is completed; the Army
Corps' Tacoma Harbor study is already fully funded, and is not eligible for design or construction
funding until being authorized in the next Water Resources Development Act. 
II.  Non-Port-specific dollars 
There are a wide variety of grants that may be relevant to the Port, its partners, and its 
surrounding jurisdictions. Examples of potential opportunities include: 
(1) $7.5 billion for Rebuilding American Infrastructure Sustainably and Equitably (RAISE)
grantsa competitive grant program (formerly BUILD and TIGER) which provides funding
for  road,  rail,  transit,  and  other  surface  transportation  of  local  and/or  regional
significance.  Selection  criteria  includes  safety,  sustainability,  equity,  economic
competitiveness, mobility, and community connectivity.
(2) $7.25 billion for The Nationally Significant Freight & Highway Projects program, also
known as "INFRA", which awards competitive grants for multimodal freight and highway
projects of national or regional significance to improve the safety, efficiency, and
reliability of the movement of freight and people in and across rural and urban areas.
Template revised September 22, 2016.

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(3) $5 billion for the National Infrastructure Project Assistance Program, which will support
large, complex projects that are difficult to fund by other means and likely to generate
national or regional economic, mobility, or safety benefits. Projects eligible under the
Megaprojects program include a highway or bridge project carried out on the National
Multimodal Freight Network; a freight intermodal (including public ports) or freight rail
project that provides a public benefit; and a railway-highway grade separation or
elimination project. 
(4) Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding, which falls into five major programs: a. National
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program ($5 billion); b. National Electric Vehicle
Infrastructure Grant Program ($2.5 billion); c. Clean School Bus Program ($5 billion); d.
Low- and No-Emission transit bus Program ($5.6 billion); and e. Electric or Low Emitting
Ferry Program ($250 million) for a total of over $18 billion in investments to reduce
emissions through the electrification of vehicles. 
(5) Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs: $8 billion to support the development of at least 4
regional clean hydrogen hubs to improve clean hydrogen production, processing,
delivery, storage, and end use.
As NOFOs and other grant criteria are released by federal agencies, Port staff will evaluate each
for potential Port relevancy, reach out to appropriate regional and state partners and
apply/support applications as appropriate. In the meantime, Port staff are taking three main
(1) Proactively reaching out to external partners to better understand their IIJA priorities and
where opportunities for collaboration may exist. 
(2) Engaging with internal Port leadership to understand current infrastructure priorities and
(3) Developing a tracking matrix of grants, projects, timelines, and partners for use. 
Staff will continue to update Port Commissioners and executive leadership on this topic regularly
as more information becomes available. 
(1)   IIJA funding opportunity tracking spreadsheet 
(2)   Competitive Infrastructure Funding Opportunities for Local Governments fact sheet 
(3)   Presentation slides 

Template revised September 22, 2016.

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