April 12, 2005

DHS awards $5 million in ferry security grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced $141,630,806 in transit security grants, including $5 million for ferry systems. In contrast, $108 million was allocated for rail transit systems and $22.4 million for intra-city bus systems.

A footnote to the department's listing of award recipients says "funding for the ferry portion of the award is derived from the funds provided for port security."

Ferry operations getting the grants are listed as:

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge,Highway and Transportation District

New Orleans: Louisiana Department of Transportation--Crescent City Connection

Boston: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

New York/Jersey City: New York City Department of Transportation and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Houston: Texas DOT (Bolivar Roads Ferry)

Seattle: Washington State Ferries

No breakdown is provided as to how much each ferry system was awarded or for what the funds will be used.

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