FTA announces $38M in funding through Passenger Ferry Grant program

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced it will offer up to $38 million in competitive grant funds through its Passenger Ferry Grant Program.

“Passenger ferries are a critical form of public transportation in the United States, allowing commuters and others to get to work, school, and medical appointments,” FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez said. “Funding through the Passenger Ferry Grant program ensures this infrastructure remains safe and dependable for people who rely on them.”

Eligible applicants include public transit agencies, state transportation departments, and Indian Tribes.

Projects will be judged on their implementation strategy, benefits, demonstration of need, and capacity for implementing, among other criteria.

Interested applicants can find instructions for applying on the FTA’s website and on GRANTS.GOV. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 5.

The Passenger Ferry Grant Program funds capital projects that support existing passenger ferry services, establish new ferry services, and repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities and equipment.

A total of $4 million was set aside this year for low or zero-emission ferries or ferries using electric battery or fuel cell components as well as the infrastructure needed to support such ferries.

The program helps advance President Joe Biden’s executive order tackling the climate crisis.