US announces $172 million to improve ferry service

The Biden-Harris administration on Friday announced new funding aimed at improving ferry service across the United States

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced $172.2 million in funding under the Fiscal Year 2022 Formula Funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act to improve ferry service and offer more travel options in 35 states and three territories.

“Many Americans rely on ferry service as their primary mode of transportation, making it a vital link to jobs, health care and other daily needs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The funding we are announcing today will continue and improve ferry service to communities across the country.

U.S. funding for the ferry service is at historic levels to support multimodal transportation services that meet residents’ needs, including $300 million in competitive funding from the Federal Transit Administration that was recently announced.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Act provides $912 million in funding over five years through the FHWA Ferry Program, more than double the amount provided by the 2015 FAST Act and expands eligibility that can include ferry maintenance facilities and the purchase of public transport vehicles such as buses and shuttles. used exclusively for the carriage of passengers on an intermodal journey by ferry. Funding can also be used to improve the capital assets of existing ferry operations, which could increase passenger numbers, reduce congestion, or address significant environmental or operational issues.

“The bipartisan Infrastructure Act has significantly increased funding for ferries to help improve quality of life and make it easier for commuters to get to their destinations,” said Stephanie Pollack, acting federal highway administrator. “In all states and territories receiving funding, ferry service is an important component of transportation by helping to improve mobility and access to important services in these communities.”

FHWA’s Ferry Boat program supports terminal and vessel projects that provide essential access to areas without other means of transportation where high passenger demand already exists. Funding is distributed to state departments of transportation based on a formula contained in the statute, and funding is then allocated to individual ferry operators based on their eligibility.

STATE STATE ALLOCATION FOR THE 2022 FINANCIAL YEAR
ALASKA $36,359,678
ALABAMA $340,797
AMERICAN SAMOA $873,348
ARKANSAS $204,254
CALIFORNIA $10,173,353
CONNECTICUT $200,000
DELAWARE $201,404
FLORIDA $1,523,155
GEORGIA $499,611
HAWAII $1,217,040
ILLINOIS $2,649,404
KENTUCKY $1,384,025
LOUISIANA $5,206,871
MASSACHUSETTS $4,641,973
MARYLAND $201,090
MAINE $2,018,936
MICHIGAN $3,804,092
MINNESOTA $3,079,598
MISSOURI $200,000
MISSISSIPPI $200,000
MONTANA $200,000
NORTH CAROLINA $3,140,227
NEW JERSEY $10,105,484
NEW YORK $17,850,244
OHIO $446,584
OKLAHOMA $201,076
OREGON $1,270,243
PORTO RICO $1,107,962
RHODE ISLAND $1,575,898
CAROLINE FROM THE SOUTH $316,692
TENNESSEE $249,108
TEXAS $13,261,588
UTAH $200,690
VIRGINIA $3,476,799
VIRGIN ISLANDS $463,145
WASHINGTON $42,442,646
WEST VIRGINIA $200,638
WISCONSIN $763,888
Total
$172,251,541

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