The funding will be allocated through the bipartisan infrastructure act co-sponsored by the two senators
washington d.c.—US Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the State of Maine, Casco Bay Lines and the City of Frye Island are eligible to receive a total of $2,018,936 to support ferry services.
This funding was authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act and provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation Ferryboat Program. Senator Collins was is part of the hard core of 10 senators who negotiated the text of the bipartisan infrastructure law. Senators Collins and King both worked to negotiate and pass this landmark legislation, which will provide Maine with billions of dollars for investments in roads, bridges, broadband, and more.
“Maine’s ferries are indispensable to those who live and work in our island communities, providing passenger, freight and postal services and ferrying students to school and people to their jobs,” said Senator Collins. “This funding will help ensure that residents and visitors can continue to access safe and reliable ferry service to Frye Island as well as to the Casco Bay Islands and along the Maine coast.
Funding will be made available as follows:
- $1,006,408 for ferry services sponsored by the State of Maine;
- $763,575 for Casco Bay Lines; and
- $248,953 for the town of Frye Island ferry service.
Ferry program funding is generally available to build ferries, ferry terminals and ferry maintenance facilities.