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DOT 154-09Contact: Nancy Singer
Monday, September 29, 2009Phone: 202-366-0660

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces More Than $42 Million in Grants to Build and Improve Ferry Docks and Facilities

WASHINGTON - The federal government is making $1 million available immediately in emergency relief funds for Georgia to pay for urgent repairs to roads and bridges damaged by floods, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today.

"These grants are all about providing more travel options and making it easier for people to get to work and go about their daily lives,” Secretary LaHood said.

Congress authorized the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Program was created to fund ferry boat projects that provide critical access to areas that lack other means of transportation where high passenger demand already exists.  Program funds can 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.

Secretary LaHood added that the ferry boat program helps fill a transportation gap and improves mobility for everyone.

The projects include funding for the rehabilitation of the Hoboken ferry terminal in the New Jersey/New York City metropolitan area and the construction of a new ferry terminal in the Oyster Point Marina in south San Francisco.  Both projects have the potential to help reduce congestion on other highways and boost the number of riders.  Washington State also received several grants to improve service in the Seattle area.

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FHWA Ferry Boat Discretionary Grants
State City/County Project Grant Amount
New Jersey  Hoboken/Hudson County Hoboken Terminal Ferry Slip Rehabilitation $3,000,000
Puerto Rico Fajardo, Vieques and Culebra Counties Fajardo – Vieques – Culebra public ferry $3,000,000
California South San Francisco/San Mateo County South San Francisco Ferry Service $3,000,000
Illinois Calhoun & Jersey County New pushboat and barge located at the Brussels Ferry near Grafton, IL $1,760,000
Maine Tremont/Hancock County Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) at the Bass Harbor Terminal docking facility construction and refurbishment  $600,000
New York Richmond County Replacement of Oil Barge #4, Staten Island ferry, Richmond Co. NY $2,400,000
Washington King, Kitsap, San Juan and Skagit Counties Washington State Department of Transportation – Ferries Division Diesel Engine Retrofits  $2,349,325
Washington Kitsap County Kitsap Transit additional vessel $1,400,000
    Total $17,509,325.00


Ferry Boat Discretionary Grants Designated by Congress
State City/County Project  Grant Amount
Alaska Gustavus City of Gustavus Public Dock and Floats $950,000
California San Franciso, Berkeley and Albany/Alameda and San Francisco Counties Berkeley/Albany Ferry Service $475,000
California San Francisco Larkspur Ferry Terminal Parking Improvements $475,000
Florida Mayport/ Duval County Mayport Ferry and Dock Ramp Rehabilitation $712,500
Florida Hillsborough and Pinellas County Hillsborough County Waterborne Transportation Project $475,000
Georgia Savannah/Chatham County Savannah River Ferry System $475,000
Massachusetts Boston/Suffolk County Long Island Ferry Dock Construction $950,000
Massachusetts Oak Bluffs/Dukes County Oak Bluffs Terminal Reconstruction Project - Phase II Oak Bluffs $1,900,000
Massachusetts Winthrop/Suffolk County Water Transportation Service Ferry $950,000
Missouri Saline and Howard Counties Ferry Service for Route 240 Bridge Improvements $950,000
New York Glenn Cove/Nassau County Engineering and Construction of Glen Cove Ferry and Facilities $950,000
New York Haverstraw/Rockland County Ferry Pier Upgrades $665,000
New York New York County National Parks of New York Harbor Docks Upgrade $475,000
New York New York/New York County Ferry Landing Improvements $950,000
New York Patchogue/Suffolk County Ferry Terminal and Transportation Center $475,000
New York Newburgh and Beacon/Orange and Dutchess Counties Newburgh-Beacon Ferry $1,330,000
North Carolina Hyde and Carteret Counties North Carolina Statewide Ferry System $1,900,000
Ohio Lorain County Excursion Vessel Project $475,000
Ohio Put-in-Bay/Ottawa County Put-In-Bay, Ohio Ferry Terminal $475,000
Puerto Rico San Juan County Passenger Ferry Boat $2,128,000
Tennessee Memphis/Shelby County Beale Street Landing/Docking Facility $475,000
Texas Port Aransas/Nueces County Port Aransas Ferryboat Expansion, Port Aransas $475,000
Washington Seattle/King, Kitsap, Snohomish, Island and Jefferson Counties New Ferry Boat Construction $475,000
Washington Bremerton & Seattle/Kitsap County Rich Passage Wake Impact Project, WA $1,425,000
Washington Seattle/King County Vashon Island Passenger Ferry $950,000
Washington Seattle/King, Kitsap, Snohomish, Island and Jefferson Counties Washington State Ferry System, New Vessel Program $475,000
Washington Bremerton & Seattle/Kitsap County Rich Passage Wake Impact Study $2,137,500
    Total $24,548,000.00

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