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FHWA 21-09Contact: Nancy Singer
Tuesday, July 14, 2009Tel.: (202) 366-4650

Transportation Secretary Announces $60 Million in Economic Recovery Funds to Build and Improve Ferry Docks and Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $60 million in grants to 19 states and one U.S. territory to improve ferry service and save and create jobs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"The Recovery Act was put in place quickly to rescue the economy from the worst recession since the Great Depression and rebuild it for a stronger future," said Secretary LaHood. "Rebuilding the nation's infrastructure is a key part of that prescription for strength. It creates jobs today and builds for better, more sustainable economy moving forward."

"The projects we selected will help put people back to work and at the same time offer more access to areas that lack transportation options," said Secretary LaHood. "It is about providing more travel choices to people from communities that need it the most."

The Secretary added that most of the projects selected are located in economically distressed areas and will address critical transportation needs. The improvements will be made quickly to satisfy ARRA's emphasis on immediate economic recovery through infrastructure investment. Priority is given to projects that can be completed in two years or less.

The largest projects are in Nueces County, Texas and Detroit, Michigan. Both ferry projects represent key solutions to connect communities and respond to growing traffic needs in the regions.

ARRA provides the $60 million to the Federal Highway Administration's Ferry Boat Discretionary program, which is intended for the construction and repair of ferry boats and terminal facilities.

State City/County Project Improvement Amount
Alabama Wilcox Gee’s Bend Ferry Upgrade ferry lines and build new terminal at Camden $1,419,000
Alaska Hoonah Hoonah Ferry Replacement of aging structures to allow for safer and more reliable service $3,059,507
Arkansas Marion Peel Ferry Replace aging tugboats to provide safer and more reliable service $350,000
California San Francisco Sausalito Ferry Ferry landing improvements to include better access $3,200,000
Florida Duval Mayport Ferry Terminal improvements to include ramp upgrades for safety $3,000,000
Georgia Chatham Savannah River Ferry Construct new ferry boat $1,000,000
Kentucky Crittenden Cave-in-Rock Ferry Construction and rehabilitation of ferry landing to reduce service delays $90,000
Kentucky Monroe Turkey Neck Bend Ferry Replace aging ferry and trailer $300,000
Kentucky Butler Reeds Ferry Construct new ferry boat $300,000
Louisiana Iberville Plaquemine/Sunshine Ferry Improve landing infrastructure with upgraded hydraulic systems $350,000
Louisiana Plaquemines Plaquemines Parish Ferry Replace ferry boat engines with energy-efficient/alternative fuel engines that improve speed and reduce emissions $1,856,930
Louisiana Iberville Plaquemine/Sunshine Ferry Replace main engine of M/V Ascension ferry boat to improve speed, efficiency and reliability $650,000
Louisiana Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and West Feliciana Parishes M/V Acadia, M/V Ascension, M/V St. Charles, M/V St. Francisville Radar Systems Replace navigational radar systems on the four ferry boats to improve safety and efficiency $300,000
Maine Cumberland Casco Bay Island Transit District Ferry Construct new ferry boat to provide expanded and more reliable service $5,500,000
Maine Waldo Maine State Ferry Service – Lincolnville Replace aging dock systems to improve safety $1,300,000
Maryland Baltimore Inner Harbor Connector Pier improvements and the purchase of a new ferry $1,590,000
Michigan Detroit Detroit City Dock Design and construction of new offshore wharf and additional space for passenger terminal building $7,139,455
Michigan Chippewa St. Mary’s River Ferry Dock Dock upgrades to include lengthened piers to accommodate multiple vessels along with larger ones  $1,175,000
Missouri Mississippi Dorena-Hickman Ferry Construct new ferry boat to accommodate larger vehicles $957,500
Missouri Lewis Canton Ferry Construction of heavy vehicle ramps and safety gates on the ferry docks $188,000
New York Clinton Lake Champlain Transportation Company (LCT Co.) Ferry Construction of additional ferry slip to provide additional capacity $2,500,000
New York Richmond Staten Island Ferry Rehabilitation and upgrades to the terminal and dock to improve safety, efficiency and reliability $4,000,000
Ohio Ottawa Middle Boat Ferry Repair deteriorating commercial dock and replace passenger and freight terminal building $800,000
Oregon Marion Buena Vista Ferry Construct new ferry boat and improve landings and terminal electrical utilities to provide more reliable and expanded service $3,224,608
Tennessee Stuart Cumberland City Ferry Construct new ferry barge and construct new landings and floating terminal $3,000,000
Texas Nueces Port Aransas Construct new ferry boat to expand service $7,200,000
Virgin Islands St. Thomas and St. John VI Ferry Construct new ferry boats to expand service $3,000,000
Washington Skagit Guemes Island Ferry Construction of new ferry terminal with expanded customer service $750,000
Wisconsin Grant Cassville Car Ferry Replacement of deteriorating ferry boat   $1,800,000

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