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Jacksonville, 19 more projects receive passenger ferry grants

Posted on May 10, 2018

The JTA will receive $3.35 million to make improvements to the St. Johns River Ferry, including providing critical elements related to public safety and state of good repair for the ferry slips, the vessel, and the ferry terminal.
The JTA will receive $3.35 million to make improvements to the St. Johns River Ferry, including providing critical elements related to public safety and state of good repair for the ferry slips, the vessel, and the ferry terminal.
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The Federal Transit Administration announced approximately $58.2 million in project selections to improve the safety and reliability of America’s passenger ferries and enhance mobility for ferry users across the U.S. A total of 20 projects in 12 states will receive funding from FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program.

The grants will fund projects to purchase, replace or rehabilitate passenger ferries, terminals and related infrastructure, and equipment.

“FTA is proud to help modernize and rehabilitate our nation’s passenger ferry systems across the country,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “These projects will help improve mobility for the millions of Americans who rely on ferry service.”

Among the projects selected to receive funding:

  • The Casco Bay Island Transit District in Portland, Maine will receive $6 million to replace a passenger ferry that has exceeded its useful life and will allow for safer and more reliable service.
  • The Chatham Area Transit Authority in Savannah, Ga., will receive $2.07 million to construct a ferry maintenance facility on Hutchinson Island and construct a new ferry dock on the west end of historic River Street.
  • The Jacksonville Transportation Authority will receive $3.35 million to make improvements to the St. Johns River Ferry, including providing critical elements related to public safety and state of good repair for the ferry slips, the vessel, and the ferry terminal.

FTA received applications for 22 eligible projects totaling approximately $65.4 million in funding requests from a total of 12 states. Project proposals were evaluated based on criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The selected projects will receive a combination of fiscal year 2017 and 2018 funds.

For a full list of winners, click here.

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