Rep. Grimm Announces $1 Million Grant for S.I. Ferry

Sep 4, 2012 Issues: Transportation

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement to award a $1 million grant for the Staten Island Ferry for maintenance and repairs.  This grant will use the funding to maintain the Staten Island Ferry System (SIFS) assets which include: the eight ferry vessels, St. George Ferry and Whitehall terminals. The grant also will be used for maintenance of the ferry infrastructure both structural and sub-structural to keep them in a state of good repair.

“When New York City puts out its budget, Staten Island always seems to get the short end of the stick - especially when it comes to public transportation,” said Rep. Grimm. “This grant will help offset the costs incurred by the city and ensure that Staten Island’s ferry system gets the maintenance funding it needs to keep its vessels and equipment running smoothly and safely. While this is welcomed news for our local ferry commuters, the transportation battle is far from over. Lowering the commercial toll hikes that continue to threaten local jobs and plague Staten Island’s economy is another fight we need to win while increasing transportation options for all Staten Islanders.”

On July 30, 2012, Rep. Grimm announced an additional grant of $2.4 million grant for the Staten Island ferry maintenance facility pier utilities upgrade, which will help upgrade the electric facility allowing the newer class of ferries to plug into shore power, decreasing the wear-and-tear on generators and reducing emissions at times when the ferries are out of service – at night or at other times – but cannot be turned off.

View the grant announcement here: http://grants.ost.dot.gov/public/ViewMessage.cfm?MsgID=lo2wotxc6n