Passenger Ferry Grant Program

Under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act, FTA's Passenger Ferry Grant Program was authorized for the first time to provide competitive funding to public ferry systems in urbanized areas. Funds are awarded based on factors such as the age and condition of existing ferry boats, terminals and related infrastructure; benefits to riders, such as increased reliability; project readiness; and connectivity to other modes of transportation. MAP-21 changed the FHWA ferry boat program from a discretionary to a formula one, in which each state receives funding based on the number of passengers and vehicles a ferry service carries and its total route miles.