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Welcome to the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) website. The CMTS is a Federal Cabinet-level, inter-departmental committee chaired by the Secretary of Transportation.

The purpose of the CMTS is to create a partnership of Federal departments and agencies with responsibility for the Marine Transportation System (MTS). The job of the CMTS is to ensure the development and implementation of national MTS policies that are consistent with national needs and to report to the President its views and recommendations for improving the MTS.

The MTS is essential to the American economy; it supports millions of American jobs, facilitates trade, moves people and goods, and provides a safe, secure, cost-effective, and energy-efficient transportation alternative. But because much of the system’s infrastructure is aging and constrained by capacity limitations, the CMTS is working to ensure that the MTS continues to meet the present and future needs of our nation... keep reading »


Bulletin Board
30 Oct
2017

Now Available: National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System: Channeling the Maritime Advantage

The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) is pleased to issue the National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System: Channeling the Maritime Advantage. This Strategy was signed by Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on October 17, 2017, to provide strategic guidance to the Federal interagency partnership under five priority areas: Optimizing System Performance, Enhancing Maritime Safety, Supporting Maritime Security, Advancing Energy Innovation and Development, and Facilitating Infrastructure Investment. The 2017 National Strategy replaces the 2008 National Strategy and highlights 14 actions to enhance the Federal understanding and support of the marine transportation system. For more information, contact Helen.Brohl@cmts.gov.
7 Sep
2017

Now Available: Third Edition of the Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure

This updated and enhanced Handbook includes 80+ authorized Federal multimodal transportation infrastructure funding, financing, and technical assistance programs for infrastructure projects in the MTS. Please forward any questions or comments regarding the report to the CMTS at info@cmts.gov or (202) 366-3612. The Handbook can be found here.
7 Sep
2017

Webinar Launch of the New and Improved CMTS Federal Funding Handbook

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is hosting a webinar on Monday, September 18, at 2:00 pm EDT. Join us for the first look at the new and improved CMTS Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure, presented by Catherine Simons, Senior Infrastructure Advisor to the CMTS. Advance registration is required for this webinar. ... view more »
24 Jul
2017

CMTS Issues a New Research and Development Plan for the Marine Transportation System

The CMTS Coordinating Board released the update to the Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the Marine Transportation System, June 2017. This strategic action plan for research and development (R&D) identifies priority needs and next steps to address U.S. Marine Transportation System (MTS) improvements to meet the most pressing needs of users and operators. The plan was forwarded to Transportation Secretary and CMTS Chair Elaine L. Chao on July 12, 2017, by Coordinating Board Chair Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy. ... view more »
19 May
2017

Water Infrastructure Roundtable

On May 19, 2017, the CMTS and the Water Infrastructure Working Group hosted an engaging interagency discussion on the state of water-related infrastructure. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency participated.

This event was held in conjunction with Infrastructure Week 2017—a national week of events, media coverage, and education and advocacy efforts to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans. A recording of the event is available here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/kec1M0iXTJ0
18 May
2017

Maritime Infrastructure Needs of the Nation

On May 16, 2017, the CMTS hosted “TED-like” talks on Infrastructure, Safety, and Innovation to discuss physical and technological infrastructure related to the Marine Transportation System (MTS). This event was held in conjunction with National Infrastructure Week 2017—a national week of events, media coverage, and education and advocacy efforts to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans. A recording of this event is available at https://www.youtube.com/embed/gWAfEm1kx5o.
2 Mar
2017

Now Available: FAST Act Addendum to the Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure

The FAST Act Addendum highlights the Department of Transportation’s FASTLANE program, which provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical freight issues facing our Nation’s highways, bridges, railroads, and intermodal infrastructure and establishes broad, multiyear eligibilities for freight infrastructure. Please forward any questions or comments regarding the report to the CMTS at CMTS@dot.gov or (202) 366-3612.
FAST Act Addendum
31 Jan
2017

Technical Report on MTS Performance Measures Research published by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

The Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory of the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center has released a new technical report on performance measures for the marine transportation system (MTS). The report, Marine Transportation System Performance Measures Research, highlights existing data and measures in the areas of economics, capacity and reliability, safety and security, environmental stewardship, and resilience. An Executive Summary is available online. ... view more »
11 Jan
2017

Now Available: The CMTS report "Recommendations and Criteria for Using Federal Public-Private Partnerships to Support Critical U.S. Arctic Maritime Infrastructure"

The CMTS report “Recommendations and Criteria for Using Federal Public-Private Partnerships to Support Critical U.S. Arctic Maritime Infrastructure" puts forward 19 recommendations for the implementation of public-private partnerships (P3s) in developing, improving, and maintaining infrastructure in support of Federal maritime activities, national security, navigation safety, and stewardship of natural resources in the U.S. Arctic. ... view more »
16 Dec
2016

Announcing the Launch of the Maritime Topic on Data.gov

The CMTS Maritime Data IAT, in conjunction with the Data.gov program office, is proud to announce the launch of the Maritime Topic on Data.gov. The Maritime Topic provides the Federal maritime community with a central location to archive and share datasets related to marine transportation. It includes an inventory of publicly available maritime datasets that are accessible through Data.gov as well as blog posts that allow agencies to highlight recent developments in the maritime data community. ... view more »
23 Nov
2016

CMTS-TRB 4th Biennial R&D Conference Summary Now Available

The CMTS collaborated with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to hold its fourth biennial research and development conference, “From Sail to Satellite: Delivering Solutions for Tomorrow’s Marine Transportation System,” at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, on June 21-23, 2016. The forum examined emerging and innovative technologies and practices in marine transportation and waterways management. ... view more »
16 Nov
2016

Updated MTS-Related Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) List Available

The CMTS has updated the list of MTS-Related Federal Advisory Committees (FACs), including the committee managers or Designated Federal Officer (DFO) contacts. There are currently 39 FACs that either deal with MTS-related issues or can impact the MTS under the Departments of Commerce, Transportation, Homeland Security, and Defense and other agencies. ... view more »
11 Oct
2016

Actions and Accomplishments of the CMTS: July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016

We are pleased to provide the CMTS Annual Report for July 2015 through June 2016 under the Coordinating Board leadership of VADM Manson K. Brown, USCG (Ret.) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ... view more »
11 May
2016

Infrastructure Week 2016: Marine Transportation System #InfrastructureMatters

Infrastructure Week (May 16-23, 2016) is a collaborative effort by businesses, civic groups, organizations, and other infrastructure stakeholders to bring awareness to the importance of infrastructure in our nation. Through events, advocacy, webinars, and social media taking place around the country, participants will bring attention to infrastructure. Infrastructure Week is the largest, most diverse, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to strengthening America by rebuilding our infrastructure. See how you can be involved at http://infrastructureweek.org/. ... view more »
9 May
2016

NOW AVAILABLE! The CMTS report, "A Ten-Year Prioritization of Infrastructure Needs in the U.S. Arctic"

The CMTS report, "A Ten-Year Prioritization of Infrastructure Needs in the U.S. Arctic," presents a framework to address Arctic infrastructure gaps. It identifies critical requirements for a safe and secure U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation System (MTS) to be implemented over the next decade. There are 43 recommendations covering five core MTS components (waterways management, physical infrastructure, information infrastructure, response services, and vessel operations). These components, if integrated over time, support the establishment of a stronger, more resilient U.S. Arctic MTS. ... view more »
7 Jan
2016

Assessing Marine Transportation System (MTS) Resilience

There are numerous interpretations and applications of the term "resilience" as it relates to the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and to the individual Federal agencies working with the MTS. The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) MTS Resilience Integrated Action Team (Resilience IAT) reviewed the range of factors impacting MTS resilience. A summary report, "U.S. Federal Activities Analyzing Marine Transportation System Resilience," identifies and categorizes MTS resilience factors and pinpoints the priority environmental and non-environmental resilience factors for Resilience IAT member agencies. ... view more »
U.S. Federal Activities Analyzing Marine Transportation System Resilience
11 Dec
2015

Actions & Accomplishments of the CMTS: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

We are pleased to provide the CMTS Annual Report for July 2014 through June 2015. Under the Coordinating Board leadership of Major General John Peabody, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations for the US Army Corps of Engineers, the CMTS completed the first of three reports in support of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region, “10-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic”; and it established two new interagency teams—the Maritime Data Integrated Action Team and the MTS Resilience Integrated Action Team. The CMTS continues to make great strides to support an active interagency partnership to support the MTS.
Actions & Accomplishments of the CMTS: July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015
1 Dec
2015

CMTS 10th Anniversary Leadership Roundtable: Reflecting Forward

The CMTS 10th Anniversary Roundtable: Reflecting Forward, held on Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Department of Transportation Headquarters, was attended by nearly 80 marine transportation system (MTS) partners and stakeholders. Two panels of past and present leaders of the CMTS discussed the Committee’s origins, its accomplishments over the past 10 years, and the future needs of the MTS. They also kicked off enhanced stakeholder engagement under the 2015-2016 CMTS work plan.
CMTS 10th Anniversary Roundtable: Reflecting Forward
18 Nov
2015

CMTS Webinar on Public-Private Partnerships in the U.S. Arctic

The CMTS was tasked by DOT Secretary Foxx to complete three tasks in the National Strategy on the Arctic Region Implementation Plan under Line of Effort 1. As part of the response to task three (1.1.3), the CMTS is hosting a webinar and conference call on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm (EST), to learn of existing or planned infrastructure public-private partnerships (P3) related to the marine transportation system and to receive recommendations and ideas regarding the use of P3s. ... view more »
CMTS Webinar: Public-Private Partnerships and the Federal Arctic MTS
26 Oct
2015

Updated Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure

The US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), in conjunction with the White House Build America Initiative, has developed a Handbook of Federal Funding Sources for Marine Transportation System (MTS)-Related Investments. ... view more »
Federal Funding Handbook for Marine Transportation System Infrastructure
25 Oct
2015

The Cotton Club Public-Private Partnership Roundtable Proceedings Published

In May 2015, several representatives of the CMTS Coordinating Board met with the DC-based Cotton Club to share lessons learned and best practices for implementing public-private partnerships for infrastructure, particularly for MTS-related investments. The Cotton Club is a chartered organization comprised of the transportation and trade attachés from the embassies in Washington, DC, particularly from Western Europe and Asia. For additional information, contact Ms. Pat Mutschler at pat.mutschler@cmts.gov.
The Cotton Club Public-Private Partnership Roundtable Proceedings
25 Oct
2015

Compendium of Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Authorities for Infrastructure Investment Published

The Compendium of Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Authorities for Infrastructure Investment, developed by Mr. Mike Smitsky of the MARAD Office of Counsel on behalf of the CMTS, is a collection of the statutory citations and language for P3 investments within eight Federal Departments. The compendium addresses some of the commonalities and differences among the various authorities and highlights some of the foundational information for developing an understanding of how the US Federal Government enters into various types of P3 relationships.
Compendium of Federal Public-Private Partnership Authorities for Infrastructure Investments
15 Jun
2015

CMTS Hosts Speaker Series on the Build America Transportation Investment Center

On June 4, 2015, the CMTS hosted a Speaker Series on the Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC). The BATIC is a one-stop shop for state and local governments, public and private developers, and investors seeking to utilize innovative financing and public-private partnerships to deliver transportation projects. ... view more »
6 Jun
2015

Marine Transportation System Performance Measures Executive Summary

The CMTS has released the Marine Transportation System (MTS) Performance Measures 2015 Executive Summary, which summarizes an initial group of MTS performance measures developed from publicly available data sources and presented together for the first time. Each performance measure is accompanied by a graphic showing historical change or current status of the measure. The categories included are economic benefits, capacity and reliability, safety and security, environmental stewardship, and resilience. An interpretation of the measures in category is provided at the end of each section.
CMTS Marine Transportation System Performance Measures 2015 Executive Summary
24 Apr
2015

CMTS Hosts Second Military to Mariner Federal Workshop

The CMTS held a second Military to Mariner Federal Workshop on April 24, 2015, at DOT Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Workshop participants included senior officials from the Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Maritime Administration, Military Sealift Command, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Navy. ... view more »
2 Mar
2015

CMTS Releases Report: “Innovative Technologies for a Resilient Marine Transportation System”

The CMTS has issued the summary report of the biennial Marine Transportation System (MTS) research conference, “Innovative Technologies for a Resilient Marine Transportation System,” held with the Transportation Research Board on June 24-26, 2014. ... view more »
Innovative Technologies for a Resilient Marine Transportation System
24 Feb
2015

CMTS Webinar: Federal Arctic MTS Activities Update

Over 60 participants joined the CMTS webinar Federal Arctic MTS Activities Update. Presentations were provided by Mr. Eric Cooper, Director, Arctic Region Policy, National Security Council, White House, regarding the recent Presidential Executive Order on the Arctic; CAPT John Mauger, Chief, Office of Design and Engineering Standards, USCG, regarding the IMO Polar Code; and Dr. Alyson Azzara, ICCT, and Mr. Gary Magnuson, CMTS, regarding the CMTS Ten-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the US Arctic. View the presentations by CAPT Mauger and the CMTS by clicking the links below. ... view more »
26 Jan
2015

CMTS Releases Report: “A 10-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region”

CMTS has completed the report, “A 10-Year Projection of Maritime Activity in the U.S. Arctic Region,” which provides estimates of vessel traffic (numbers of vessels and transits) based on modeling of current vessel activity patterns, growth potential, and vessel projection scenarios, including diversion from other routes, and oil and gas development. The report also completes the first milestone of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR) 2014 Implementation Plan, which is intended to guide Federal activities related to the construction, maintenance, and improvement of marine transportation Arctic infrastructure. ... view more »
5 Dec
2014

CMTS Maritime Energy Task Team (METT)

The CMTS Maritime Energy Task Team (METT) was established in December 2013 as an interagency forum for exchanging information and offering opportunities for interagency collaboration to examine a number of promising fuel efficiency measures and technologies and to address the challenges of retrofitting and the availability of fuel infrastructure. ... view more »
23 Oct
2014

Dr. Julie Rosati Speaks to the CMTS on Resilience

Thursday, October 23, 2014, proved to be a very educational morning at the US Committee for the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). We had the honor of hearing Dr. Julie Rosati speak on “MTS Resilience: What is Resilience and How to Put it into Practice.” ... view more »
Dr. Julie Rosati Speaks to the CMTS on MTS Resilience
2 Oct
2014

2013-2014 CMTS Annual Report Now Available

This report represents the accomplishments of the CMTS under the Chairmanship of the USCG. ... view more »
2013-2014 CMTS Annual Report
1 Jul
2014

U.S. Coast Guard "Future of Navigation/21st Century Waterways—Listening Session Feedback" Survey

The U.S. Coast Guard has published its "Future of Navigation/21st Century Waterways—Listening Session Feedback" survey, and it is now available for input. ... view more »
17 Jun
2014

CMTS Adopts S-100 as Preferred Data Framework

The Coordinating Board of the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System adopted the International Hydrographic Organization’s S-100 Universal Hydrographic Data Model as its preferred data framework for the dissemination and exchange of digital marine safety information and related MTS data collection requirements. ... view more »
CMTS Coordinating Board Resolution on the Adoption of the S-100 Marine Data Framework
The CMTS is a Federal interagency coordinating committee directed by Congress and charter to improve the coordination of and make recommendations with regard to Federal policies that impact the MTS.