FTA Announces Major Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments in Ferry Service

Published on: December 3, 2023

FTA today announced grants totaling $220.2 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to modernize the nation’s ferry systems. The program focuses in part on expanding ferry service in rural communities, helping communities acquire modern ferry boats (including electric boats that reduce carbon pollution), and upgrading shore infrastructure to support high-quality, low-emission ferry service.

In total, FTA is awarding 13 grants in eight states and the territory of American Samoa. Federal funding will support projects such as replacing old vessels, expanding fleets, and building new terminals and docks.

The funding, made available through two FTA competitive grant programs, will boost ferry service in rural areas, modernize urban ferry systems, and lower emissions by speeding the adoption of low-and zero-emission technology.

FTA’s Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program provides competitive funding to states for ferry service in rural areas. Today, FTA is awarding approximately $170 million to six projects in four states and the territory of American Samoa.

FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program supports capital projects to establish new ferry service and repair and modernize ferry vessels, terminals, and facilities in urban areas. Today, FTA is awarding $50.1 million to seven projects in four states.

Today’s investment is the second ferry grant package funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which has now invested more than $604 million to expand and improve the nation’s ferry service, as well as accelerate the transition to zero emission transportation technology.


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