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Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program - IIJA § 71103

What's New

  • On November 30, 2023, FTA announced $220.2 million in grant awards to 13 projects in 8 states and the Territory of American Samoa to expand, improve and modernize passenger ferry service to provide more people access to jobs and opportunities.
    • Funding includes:
      • $50.1 million under the Passenger Ferry Grant Program to seven projects in four states.
      • $170 million under the Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program to six projects in four states and the territory of American Samoa.
         
  • On May 18, 2023, FTA announced approximately $220 million available for Fiscal Year 2023 funding to improve and expand ferry service in communities across the country to help people connect to jobs and opportunity. View the notice of funding opportunity. For Fiscal Year 2023, $170 million is available under the Ferry Services for Rural Communities Program.

Overview 

The Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program provides competitive funding to states to ensure basic essential ferry service is provided to rural areas.

Eligible Recipients

States

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include capital, planning, and operating assistance for a ferry service that operated a regular schedule at any time during the five-year period ending March 1, 2020 and served not less than two rural areas located more than 50 sailing miles apart. Funding is also available for ferry service that serves at least two rural areas with a single segment over 20 miles between two rural areas that is not otherwise eligible for funding under the Passenger Ferry Program.

Match

  • The maximum Federal share for capital and planning projects selected under the FY 2022 Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program is 80 percent of the net project cost. The maximum Federal share for operating projects selected under the FY 2022 Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program is 50 percent.
  • The maximum Federal share for capital projects selected under the FY 2023 Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program is 80 percent of the net project cost with some exceptions described in the NOFO.  The maximum Federal share for planning projects selected under the FY 2023 Rural Ferry Program is 80 percent.
  • There is no maximum Federal share for operating projects selected under the Rural Ferry Program for FY 2023.

Statutory Reference

IIJA § 71103

Selected Projects

Additional Resources