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Passenger Ferry Grant Program - Section 5307

What's New

  • On August 30, 2021, FTA held a webinar for potential applicants to the FY 2021 Passenger Ferry Grant Program. Materials from the webinar include:
  • On August 6, 2021, FTA announced the FY2021 Passenger Ferry Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).  On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. EDT, FTA will host a webinar providing information about FTA's Fiscal Year 2021 Passenger Ferry notice of funding opportunity, including application eligibility and criteria, and the submission process. Registration is not required. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the program and how to apply before the application deadline of Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
  • On July 24, 2020, FTA announced $47.5 million in grant awards for 12 projects under FTA’s FY20 Passenger Ferry program. View the project selections.


The Passenger Ferry Grant program (49 U.S.C. 5307(h)) provides competitive funding for projects that support passenger ferry systems in urbanized areas. These funds constitute a core investment in the enhancement and revitalization of public ferry systems in the nation’s 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

Eligible Recipients

Funding is made available to designated recipients, eligible direct recipients of Section 5307 funds, States and federally recognized Tribes that operate a public ferry system in an urbanized area.   

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include: support existing ferry service, establish new ferry service, and repair and modernize ferry boasts, terminals, and related facilities and equipment.  Funds may not be used for operating expenses, planning, or preventive maintenance.   

Statutory Reference

49 U.S.C. 5307 / FAST Act

Funding Availability

Once awards are announced, funds are available for the year the announcement is made plus five years. 

Allocation of Funding

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


The federal share is not to exceed 80 percent of the net project cost for capital expenditures. The federal share may be 90 percent for the cost of vehicle-related equipment attributable to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act.


The application period for the FY21 Passenger Ferry Program closes on October 5, 2021. 

Selected Projects

Grant Type: Competitive