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July 14, 2009

Ferry systems get $60 million in Recovery Act grants

U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has 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 (ARRA).

The largest projects are in Nueces, Texas, where a bridge or tunnel is not feasible, and Detroit, Michigan, where ferry service to the suburbs is necessary.

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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