A major U.S. Port wished to apply for a federal grant to expand port rail capacity to accommodate increasing export demands but lacked the internal resources to complete the project and was unsure of the likelihood of success. Outsourcing the application is a costly decision and offers no guarantee of success.
TCI performed a high level cost/benefit analysis to illustrate the Port’s business case, which indicated that the proposal would be considered an excellent investment. The Port decided to invest in grant preparation and TCI managed the project, prepared the grant, and met with US DOT staff to understand the application and decision making process in order to avoid any related pitfalls. The grant was completed on time and under budget and awaits the federal approval process.