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Subject: Action: Ferry Boat Discretionary (FBD) Program
Solicitation for FY 2010 Project Applications
(Electronic Reply Due: May 21, 2010)
Date: March 26, 2010
From: /s/ Original signed by:
Dwight A. Horne
Director, Office of Program Administration
Refer To: HIPA-10
To: Division Administrators

The purpose of this memo is to request project applications for the 2010 Ferry Boat Discretionary (FBD) program for funds available for discretionary selections by the Secretary.  The divisions are requested to notify their respective States concerning this announcement and collect applications and submit them to this office as outlined in this memorandum.

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 Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2010, (Title IV of Public Law 111-147), the program has been continued in Fiscal Year 2010 and is authorized at the same level as Fiscal Year 2009, $67,000,000. 

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117), appropriated obligation limitation and included a list of designated projects.  Applications for these projects were requested under separate memorandum dated January 29, 2010 and due April 9, 2010.  The designated projects and set-aside funding under the program account for $27,272,000.  Because there will be approximately $40 Million available for award, at this time we are requesting applications for projects for the FBD program.  Attachment 1 is the template for the application to be submitted for the non-designated projects. 

Information on the FY 2010 FBD program has been updated and is included as Attachment 2 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 the State (including eligible U.S. territories) as soon as possible to solicit applications as outlined in this memorandum and attachments.  The State may submit applications provided to them by any eligible public entity. 

The State is required to prioritize all applications, assigning individual priority to each project.  Applications should only be submitted for projects that will fully obligate awarded funding no later than August 31, 2011.  Applications deemed incomplete by this office or not prioritized may not be considered.

Due to the expected high demand for this funding, it is anticipated that individual project awards would not exceed $3 Million. The applicant should take this into consideration.

The applications for all projects must be submitted electronically in MS Word format (see Attachments 1).  Project applications for the FBD program must be received by HIPA-10 no later than May 21, 2010.  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, schedule and submission requirements;
  2. the State transportation department’s submission email or letter, including prioritization, 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.


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Office of Program Administration
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