The grants will fund projects to purchase, replace or rehabilitate passenger ferries, terminals and related infrastructure and equipment.


Among the projects selected to receive funding:

  • The Casco Bay Island Transit District in Portland, Maine will receive $6 million to replace a passenger ferry that has surpassed its useful life and will allow for safer and more reliable service.
  • The Chatham Area Transit Authority in Savannah, Georgia will receive $2.07 million to construct a ferry maintenance facility on Hutchinson Island and construct a new ferry dock on the west end of historic River Street.
  • The town of Bristol, Rhode Island will receive $1.17 million to rehabilitate the Prudence Island Ferry Dock Pier, which will improve ferry service to Prudence Island.

FTA received applications for 22 eligible projects totalling approximately $65.4 million in funding requests from 12 states. The selected projects will receive a combination of fiscal year 2017 and 2018 funds.