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An Alaska State ferry in Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo: FloridaStock/Shutterstock

U.S. Allocates $172 Million to Improve Ferry Services

Mike Schuler
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August 5, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has announced more than $172 million in funding to help improve ferry services in 35 states and three territories.

The $172.2 million formula funding is provided under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for Fiscal Year 2022. Combined with the recent $300 million in Federal Transit Administration competitive funding, funding for the nation’s ferry services is at record levels.

“Many Americans rely on ferry service as a primary means of travel, making it a critical connection to jobs, healthcare, and other daily needs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The funding we are announcing today will continue and enhance ferry service for communities across the country.”

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $912 million in formula funding over five years through FHWA’s Ferry Boat Program, more than doubling the amount provided under the 2015 FAST Act, and expands eligibility that can include ferry maintenance facilities and the purchase of transit vehicles, such as buses and shuttles used exclusively to transport passengers. The funding can also be used for capital improvements to existing ferry operations, which could increase the number of riders, relieve congestion, or address environmental or significant operational concerns.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has substantially increased funding for ferry boats to help improve the quality of life and make it easier for commuters to get to their destinations,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “In all of the states and territories receiving funding, ferry boat service is an important part of transportation in helping to improve mobility and access to important services in these communities.”

More information on the program is available on the FHWA Ferry Boat Program Website and in a Fact Sheet. A complete list of Fiscal Year 2022 funding allocations.

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