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2011 Discretionary Grant Programs

Ferry Boat Discretionary (FBD) Program - Application

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Submission Requirements:

Only STAs may submit applications for funding under this program. The STA is responsible to collect, review, prioritize and submit all applications for local and other State agencies to the appropriate FHWA division office. The following information must be included to properly evaluate the candidate projects. Those applications that do not include these items as specified are considered incomplete and may not be considered in the evaluation and selection process. The division office must submit the applications by electronic mail in MS Word format. Applications should be limited to four (4) pages, excluding attachments.

  1. State or U.S. territory in which the project is located.

  2. County or similar jurisdiction in which the project is located.

  3. U.S. Congressional District No.(s) in which the project is located. This is the U.S. Congressional District, not the State district.

  4. U.S. Congressional District Member's and Senators' Names. This is the U.S. Congressional District representative and Senators, not the State legislature.

  5. Project Title - This should be a very short project description that readily identifies the project, or is commonly used to describe the facility or project.

  6. Project Location (Service Terminal and Ports) - Describe the ferry boat operation including the terminal locations, public road connections, and name of the water crossing. A statement must be included for ferry boat operations carrying motorized vehicles, describing the link in the roadway system, including the functional classification of the route connected by the ferry and whether that route is part of the National Highway System. Clearly identify any "passenger only" ferry service, and explain how the ferry service is linked to public transportation or is part of a transit system and is a fixed route. Provide the distance by highway route to the next available crossing of the water body. Indicate if the project is part of an existing link or service, or if it is new service. Also identify if the ferry operates in domestic, foreign, or international waters.

  7. Ownership/Operation - Provide a statement specifying how one or more of the following applies to the proposed project:

    1. The boat or terminal is publicly owned. The term "publicly owned" means that the title for the boat or terminal must be vested in a Federal, State, county, town, or township, Indian tribe, municipal or other local government or instrumentality.

    2. The boat or terminal is publicly operated. The term "publicly operated" means that a public entity operates the boat or terminal.

    3. The boat or terminal is "majority publicly owned" (as opposed to publicly owned). This means that more than 50 percent of the ownership is vested in a public entity. If so, does it provide substantial public benefits?

  8. Controlling Public Entity - Provide the name of the public (governmental) entity which controls the operating authority and the amount of fares charged for passage on such ferry. This is applicable to all projects. Not-for-profit organizations do not qualify. Control of a privately operated ferry would be typically in the form of a contract with the public entity. Confirm with a statement that all revenues derived from the fares for passage are only applied to actual and necessary costs of operation, maintenance and repair, debt service, negotiated management fees, and, in the case of a privately operated toll ferry, for a reasonable rate of return. See eligibility previously discussed for more details.

  9. Current and Future Traffic - Provide a general description of the type and nature of traffic, both current year and future (projected 5 years) annual number of vehicles and/or passenger carried, on the ferry route, if available. The general description should include information on year-round or seasonal service; days of operation; commuter, recreational or visitor ridership; and traffic generators and attractions. Describe how the project is anticipated to affect future use of the ferry.

  10. Proposed Work - Describe the scope of work that is to be completed with these funds under this particular request, and whether this is a complete project or part of a larger project.

  11. Total Project Cost: Estimated total cost to complete the project. For a new ferry service, a completed project would result in an operational ferry with appropriate terminal facilities. Do not include costs for larger port expansions that would not be eligible for the program.

  12. Amount of Federal FBD Funds Requested - Provide the amount of FBD funds being requested (the maximum Federal share for this program is 80 percent except as noted). The State may request less than the maximum Federal share, committing a larger portion of State or local funds. If the State is willing to accept partial funding, that should be clearly indicated with specific amounts identified, noting how the partial funding would affect the schedule. Partial funding along with the commitment of other funds (see item 13) will be used to determine leveraging of funds, and allow funding to more projects, since the requests typically far exceed the funding available.

  13. Commitment of Other Funds - Indicate the amounts and sources of any private or other public funding being provided as part of this project used specifically for establishing or improving the ferry operation. Only indicate those amounts of funding that are firm commitments from the entity controlling the funds.

  14. Previous FBD Funding - Indicate the amount and Federal fiscal year of any previous FBD funds received for this project, terminals or ferry boats operating on this route or transit system. Only include previous FBD funds, not other funding sources.

  15. Future Funding Needs - Indicate the estimated future funding needs for the ferry to be operational, including vessels and terminals, if known. Also, provide estimated time schedules for implementing future projects.

  16. Project Purpose & Benefits - Each State's request for ferry boat discretionary funds must describe the project purpose and benefits. Particular attention should be given to how the completion of the proposed project will benefit the transportation network. Other benefits may include improved public safety, maintaining a state of good repair, economic development, community enhancement, etc. Include a statement as to why it is not feasible to build a bridge, tunnel, combination thereof, or other normal highway structure in lieu of the use of such ferry.

  17. Project Administration - Indicate whether the project is being administered by the State transportation agency, a county or other local jurisdiction, or another Federal agency.

  18. Project Schedule - The anticipated project schedule (assuming the requested FBD funding is provided) is required. The schedule should show how the work will be commenced in the next 12 months, and the anticipated completion date of the work, including information on when the ferry service would be operational. Include the status of the design and environmental process. Applications should only be submitted for projects that are ready to advance if the minimum partial funding request is met.

If the State desires to submit additional information, such as maps, pictures, copies of support letters etc., those items must be submitted in PDF format (total size no larger than 2 megabytes per email) to the FHWA division office with the application. This additional information should be identified by the State and Project Title that matches items 1 and 5 of the electronic application. These additional items are not required. A map of the project location is requested showing nearest alternative crossings. Any support letters should be addressed and sent to the Federal Highway Administrator.

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