USA Banner

Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Site Notification

Site Notification

U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation Icon United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Fact Sheet: Electric or Low Emitting Ferry Pilot Program


Note: In addition to $50 million provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the law authorizes an additional $50 million per year in funding subject to annual appropriations.
Fiscal Year 2022
(in millions)
(in millions)
(in millions)
(in millions)
(in millions)
Electric or Low-Emitting
Ferry Pilot Program
$50 $50 $50 $50 $50

Program Purpose:

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, establishes an Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program that makes federal funding available to provide grants for the purchase of electric or low-emitting ferries and the electrification of or other reduction of emissions from existing ferries.

Statutory References:

IIJA § 71102, IIJA Division J

Program Requirements:

Funding will be allocated to projects on a competitive basis, from proposals submitted to FTA in response to Notices of Funding Opportunities.

  • At least one grant shall be for a ferry service that serves the state with the largest number of marine highway system miles.
  • At least one grant shall be for a bi-state ferry service with an aging fleet; and whose development of zero- and low-emission powered ferries will propose to advance the state of the technology toward increasing the range and capacity of zero emission power source ferries.

Eligible Recipients:

Will be identified in a Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Eligible Activities:

The purchase of electric or low-emitting ferry vessels that reduce emissions by using alternative fuels or on-board energy storage systems and related charging infrastructure to reduce emissions or produce zero onboard emissions under normal operation.

The use of alternative fuel means:

(A) methanol, denatured ethanol, and other alcohols
(B) a mixture containing at least 85 percent of methanol, denatured ethanol, and other alcohols by volume with gasoline or other fuels;
(C) natural gas;
(D) liquefied petroleum gas;
(E) hydrogen;
(F) fuels (except alcohol) derived from biological materials;
(G) electricity (including electricity from solar energy); and
(H) any other fuel that is not substantially petroleum and that would yield substantial energy security and environmental benefits.


See PDF version

Last updated: Monday, January 3, 2022