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FHWA 55-10
Contact: Nancy Singer
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Phone: 202-366-0660

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces More Than $39 Million in Grants to Build and Improve Ferry Docks and Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $39 million in grants to 20 states to improve ferry service and provide more travel options.

"These grants are all about making it easier for people to get to work and go about their daily lives," said Secretary LaHood. "Ferry boats are an essential part of the transportation system in these states."

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

"The ferry boat program helps fill a transportation gap while at the same time making communities more livable by improving mobility," Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez said.

The projects receiving money include bulkhead replacement at the Bayshore Ferry Terminal in New Jersey, a critical ferry route into Manhattan; the Larkspur Ferry to rehabilitate a ferry and relieve congestion on ferry routes connecting San Francisco and Marin County; the Lake Havasu Ferry to improve service between Lake Havasu City in Arizona and the California shore; and the Salem Ferry in Massachusetts to help meet growing traffic needs between Salem and Boston.

A complete list of the grants is listed below.

State Short Description Award County
AK Pelican Ferry Terminal Renovation $2,560,000  
AL Mobile Bay Ferry Dock Rehabilitation $405,000 Mobile
AR Peel Ferry Replacement Barge $256,000 Marion
AZ Lake Havasu Ferry Terminal Facility Construction $2,600,000 Mohave
CA McCann Ferry Improvement $120,000 Humboldt
CA Marine Vessel (M/V) Mendocino Refurbishment, Larkspur Ferry Service $2,000,000 San Francisco and Marin
FL Drayton Island Terminals Improvement $768,000 Putnam
FL Fort Gates Ferry Terminal Improvement $816,000 Putnam
FL Drayton Island Barge and Push Boat Rehabilitation $80,000 Putnam
KY Valley View Ferry Towboat Replacement $600,000 Jessamine, Madison, and Fayette
LA M/V Thomas Jefferson – Upgrade Main Engines and Generators $1,034,000 Orleans
LA Replace Marine Radar for 6 Ferry Vessels in New Orleans $196,180 Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard
MA Salem Ferry Pier Improvements $2,530,613 Essex
MA Steamship Authority Slip Improvements at Fairhaven Vessel Maintenance Facility $500,000 Bristol
ME North Haven and Vinalhaven Fender Systems Rehabilitation $360,000 Waldo
ME Little and Great Diamond Islands Refurbishment of Docking Facilities $400,000 Cumberland
MI Detroit Wayne County Port Authority – Ferry Boat Acquisition $2,400,000 Wayne
MS Ship Island Terminal Improvement $223,020 Harrison
NC Overhaul the M/V Hyde $960,000 Hyde
NC State Shipyard Paten Construction $1,440,000 Dare
NJ Bulkhead Replacement Construction at Bayshore Ferry Terminal $3,000,000 Monmouth
NY Rehabilitation of Staten Island Ferry Maintenance Building $1,000,000 Richmond
NY Ocean Beach Ferry Terminal Enhancement $1,100,000 Suffolk
NY Reconstruction of Whitehall Ferry Terminal Slip Substructure, Staten Island $2,000,000 New York
OH Ohio River Ferry Terminal and Landing Improvement Project $260,000 Brown
OH Kelleys Island Ferry New Vessel Construction $2,000,000 Erie and Ottawa
OR Canby (M.J. Lee) Ferry Propulsion System Retrofit $1,000,000 Clackamas
TX EPA Emission Overhauls (Engines), Galveston $1,440,000 Galveston
TX Replace Wooden Creosote Fender System Composite Material on Port Aransas Landings $2,745,802 Nueces
TX Replace Wooden Creosote Fender System Composite Material on Harbor Island Landings $738,039 Nueces
UT Lake Powell Ferry Boat Improvements $240,000 Garfield and San Juan
WA Guemes Ferry Anacortes Dock Girder Replacement $320,000 Skagit
WA Vashon Island Water Taxi (Passenger-Only Ferry) Vessel Acquisition $1,482,000 King
WA Steilacoom Terminal Landing Repairs and Preservation $480,000 Pierce
WA Vessel Preservation – Washington State Ferries $1,300,000 King, Kitsap, San Juan and Skagit
  Total $39,354,654  

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