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Passenger Ferry Grant Program - Section 5307

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What's New

  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced during a transit industry call on March 26 that deadlines for current FTA competitive grant programs will be extended for 30 days amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The deadline for the Passenger Ferry Program Notice of Funding Opporunity is now April 29.
  • On Thursday, January 30, 2020, FTA announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity to apply for $30 million in Fiscal Year 2020 funds to support and enhance passenger ferry service, terminals, and related facilities and equipment.
  • A recording and transcript are now available for the webinar that was held on February 18, 2020, for grantees applying to the FY 2020 NOFO.


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 FY20 Passenger Ferry Program closes on March 30, 2020. 

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