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Rep. Grimm Announces DOT Ferry Maintenance Grant for Staten Island
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement to award a $2.4 million grant for the Staten Island ferry maintenance facility pier utilities upgrade with federal funding from the Ferry Boat Discretionary Program. This 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.
“On Staten Island everything is a fight, especially when it comes to improving public transportation,” said Rep. Grimm. “I have fought hard to ensure that Staten Island gets its fair share from the federal Ferry Boat Discretionary Program, and today we learned that we have not been forgotten. This funding is essential to the maintenance of the Staten Island Ferry and to improving the quality of the public transportation available to those who commute between Staten Island and Manhattan. Even though we had a victory we can be proud of, I will continue to fight for lower tolls and more transportation that Staten Island deserves.”
In July 2011, Rep. Grimm joined colleagues in sending a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) urging him to maintain the federal ferry program as a critical part of the U.S. transportation system, at a time when ferry systems struggle to meet growing demand and replace aging vessels, terminals and other facilities.
View the Grant Notification: http://grants.ost.dot.gov/public/ViewMessage.cfm?MsgID=3kyatb50up