The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the allocation of $220 million from President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill to modernise passenger ferry services in rural and urban communities across America. The Passenger Ferry Program and the Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program have a combined total grant pool of $220 million. The Passenger Ferry Program focuses on capital projects involving the purchase, replacement, or modernisation of passenger ferries, terminals, and related equipment. The Rural Community Ferry Services program is a competitive grant initiative created by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
The Investment in America agenda aims to improve ferry services across America, connecting Americans to hospitals, schools, and work. The FTA highlighted that passenger ferries play a critical role in providing cost-effective travel in America, with plans to modernise existing systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create good-paying jobs. These grants will improve transportation across the country with previous grants successfully improving ferry service in various regions including Alaska, Maine, Georgia and California. Earlier this year $384.4 million was allocated for the Ferry Grant programs, with almost $100 million going towards the electric or low-emission ferry pilot program, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.
Tags: Biden Administration,Department of Transportation,Ferries,Pete Buttigieg