City of Baltimore Receives $1.3 Million in Grant Funding to Improve Passenger Ferry Services

Contact: Adrienne Barnes
             Kathy Dominick
             (410) 361-9296

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Friday, April 29, 2016

Baltimore, MD (April 29, 2016) - Today, Baltimore City Department of Transportation Director William Johnson proudly announced that the city was recently awarded over $1.3 million in grant funding to improve passenger ferry boat services.  The $1,356,992 grant will be used for Harbor Connector rebranding efforts and ADA landing improvements.

The money was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Passenger Ferry Grant Program.  According to a release from the FTA, these funds “will support existing ferry service on many of the nation’s waterways, and help to repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities that thousands of residents in these communities depend on."

The Passenger Ferry Grant Program awarded $59 million towards 18 projects in 10 states nationwide.   This funding will be geared towards capital projects in urban areas that include the purchase, replacement, or rehabilitation of ferries and terminals, along with related equipment.  The city submitted its grant application to the FTA as part of its Water Transit Strategic Plan.

“We are very pleased to be awarded this important FTA funding to enhance the city’s ferry operations,” said Director Johnson.  “Our Water Transit Strategic Plan is not yet a year old and we have already received grants for better transit in Baltimore.”

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation:

“Keeping Baltimore Moving Safely”

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