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Subject: Action: Ferry Boat Discretionary (FBD) Program Solicitation for FY 2010 Designated Project Applications (Electronic Reply Due: April 9, 2010) Date: January 29, 2010
From: /s/ Original signed by:
Dwight A. Horne
Director, Office of Program Administration
Refer To: HIPA-10
To: See Addressee list

The purpose of this memo is to request applications for the 2010 Ferry Boat Discretionary (FBD) program projects designated by Congress. The FBD program was created by Section 1064 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. Section 1801 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59) added the FBD program to Title 23, United States Code, as Section 147. Under the provision of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2010, (Public Law 111-68), as amended, the program has been continued in Fiscal Year 2010.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117), appropriated funds with obligation limitation and included a list of designated projects (Attachment 1). At this time, we are only soliciting for applications for the designated projects. The designated projects for fiscal years 2008 - 2010 must meet the eligibility criteria for the FBD program in title 23 of the United States Code section 129(c) and section 147. Attachment 2 is the template for the application to be submitted for the designated projects.

Information on the FY 2010 FBD program has been updated and is included as Attachment 3 to this memorandum. This contains background information on the program including eligibility and selection criteria, as well as the submission requirements. This solicitation memorandum will also be posted on our FHWA website at

We request that the division contact your State department of transportation (DOT) counterpart as soon as possible to solicit applications as outlined in this memorandum. Applications are being requested for the designated projects only. We are also requesting applications for designated projects from previous fiscal years which have not yet been submitted. It is not necessary that the project be immediately ready to proceed. These projects are also included in Attachment 1.

The applications for all projects must be submitted electronically in MS Word format (see Attachments 2). Project applications for the FBD program must be received by Headquarters no later than April 9, 2010 so that they can be awarded promptly. When submitting the State's project applications, the division office shall transmit them via email to Tony DeSimone ( of my staff and include the following:

  1. a statement from the division office that the State's submittal has been reviewed by the division office and that it meets the eligibility and submission requirements;
  2. the State transportation department's submission email or letter to the FHWA division office; and
  3. each MS Word application as an attachment.

If there are any questions, please contact Mr. DeSimone of my staff by email or by phone at (317)226-5307. Thank you for your prompt attention.


Addressee list:

  • Laurie Leffler
    Division Administrator
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Jeffrey Kolb
    Division Administrator
    Albany, New York
  • Dennis Merida
    Division Administrator
    Trenton, New Jersey
  • Martin Knopp
    Division Administrator
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Daniel Mathis
    Division Administrator
    Olympia, Washington
  • Roberto Fonseca
    Acting Division Administrator
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Amy Jackson-Grove
    Divisions Administrator
    Hartford, Connecticut

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Joe Taylor
Office of Program Administration
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Updated: 04/06/2011

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