Washington operators will see an increase in funding for the ferry program

The Federal Highway Administration recently announced its 2022 allocations for $172 million in funding.

EDMONDS, Wash. — Washington State Ferries will see an increase in funding for the Federal Ferryboat program in 2022 compared to 2021, following the announcement of allocations by the Federal Highway Administration.

Officials say it is the first major release of PBF funding since the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, with calculation formulas based on data from the Bureau of Statistics’ latest National Ferry Operator Census. transports.

Nine ferry operators in Washington have received a total of $42.4 million for 2022, which officials say is more than double the amounts received in 2021.

Washington State Ferries said its distribution for 2022 is $38 million and the agency “relies heavily on PBF funding to support its vessel preservation and enhancement program as well as ship improvements.” terminals”.

Senator Maria Cantwell issued a statement to the news on Friday, writing that “This $42.4 million from the Infrastructure Act will help Washington State maintain our world-class ferry fleet. More than 17 million Washingtonians depend on fast, reliable ferry service every year.This funding will ensure that residents and visitors to Washington can stay connected to their families, jobs and the greater Puget Sound.

Senator Cantwell’s office says FHWA ferry program funding can be used for “ferry maintenance facilities and capital improvements to existing ferry operations, to increase passenger numbers, reduce traffic congestion or solve significant environmental or operational problems”.

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