November 30, 2023

Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Ferry Service Investments Made Possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $220.2 million in grant funding for 13 ferry projects across the country.

“Ferry service in America will soon improve thanks to the $220 million in investments announced today under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” Ranking Member Larsen said. “The Federal Transit Administration will fund thirteen projects around the country to upgrade ferries and ferry terminals while expanding service in communities big and small, all while creating good-paying maritime jobs. Many of these projects support ferry electrification and resiliency enhancements to prepare these critical transportation systems for the future. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to create cleaner, greener, safer, and more accessible transportation systems.”

Today’s announcement was possible thanks to two FTA initiatives; the Passenger Ferry Program, which funds the purchase, replacement, or modernization of passenger ferries, terminals, and related equipment, and the Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program which supports ferry service in rural communities.