Collins, Pingree announce funding to support, modernize passenger ferry service in Maine

Published: Jan. 30, 2023 at 6:29 PM EST
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Maine (WABI) - Sen. Susan Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree have announced new funding that will support and help modernize passenger ferry service in Maine.

$33 million was awarded to the Maine Department of Transportation through the Federal Transit Administration’s new Ferry Programs.

The Margaret Chase Smith Ferry Project is getting a $28 million electric low-emitting ferry pilot program grant in order to build a hybrid-electric vessel to replace one that is 35 years old.

In addition, Maine DOT will receive just under $5 million to help improve the Maine State Ferry Service.

The funding will support staffing, maintenance, and customer communication to maintain service reliability through increasing operating costs.