Low or Zero Emission Ferry Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides funding through the Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program for the purchase of electric or low-emitting ferries and the electrification of or other reduction of emissions from existing ferries. Low-emitting ferries must use an alternative fuel, such as methanol, natural gas, propane, hydrogen, and electricity. Awards must include a ferry service that serves the State with the largest number of Marine Highway System miles and a bi-state ferry service with an aging fleet. Funding is authorized through fiscal year 2026. For more information, see the FTA Electric or Low-Emitting Ferry Pilot Program website and fact sheet.

(Reference Public Law 117-58 and 23 U.S. Code 147)

Jurisdiction: Federal

Type: Incentives

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation

Enacted: Nov 15, 2021

Technologies: EVs, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Natural Gas, PHEVs, Propane (LPG)

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