FTA to award $316M in passenger ferry grants

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be awarding $316 million in grants to support and modernize passenger ferry service. Grants will be awarded through three programs.

A total of $49 million will be awarded through the Electric or Low Emitting Ferry Program. The program helps transit agencies purchase vessels that reduce emissions through the use of alternative fuels or on-board energy storage systems.

A total of $51 million will be awarded through the Passenger Ferry Program. The program supports the purchase, replacement, or modernization of passenger ferries, terminals, and related equipment in urban areas.

A total of $216 million will be awarded through the Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program. The program supports ferry services in rural areas, including capital, planning, and operating costs.

“I have seen firsthand how, for many Americans in many different parts of the country, ferries are the best and sometimes only way to get where they need to go,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re pleased to make $316 million available to help communities modernize their ferry service so that Americans better, easier, more reliable options.”

Approximately three million people ride ferries nationwide each month.

Applications must be submitted electronically by June 17.