b'NEWSWIREPVA Members Receive Grants from Federal Transit AdministrationPVA ferry operators will benefit from approximatelyIn Florida, the St. Johns River Ferry, owned by the $32.8 million in caital grants announced on August 8 byJacksonville Transportation Authority and operated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Nine projects inHMS Global Maritime, will receive about $3.9 million to nine states will receive funding from FTAs Passenger Ferryupgrade critical elements related to public safety and state Grant Program. of good repair for the ferry slips and the ferry terminal.The Passenger Ferry Grant Program funds projects byThe Washington State Department of Transportation public entities to purchase, replace, or rehabilitate passengerFerries Division will receive $5.9 million to construct a ferries, terminals, and related infrastructure and equipment.pedestrian connector between the Seattle Multimodal Americas waterways are a priceless asset, and theTerminal and downtown Seattle.Passenger Ferry Grant Program partners with local com- In Massachusetts, the Woods Hole, Marthas Vineyard munities to leverage those assets to improve mobility forand Nantucket Steamship Authority will receive $2.5 millions of Americans, said FTA Acting Administrator K.million to construct a new terminal building to enhance Jane Williams at an event in Portland, Maine, where sheservice reliability for its passengers.announced a $3.4 million ferry grant to PVA vessel memberThe New York City Metropolitan Transportation Casco Bay Island Transit District. Authority Metro-North Railroad will receive more than Casco Bay Island Transit provides year-round ferry$2.7 million to design and construct a new floating dock service between the islands of Casco Bay and Portland,to replace an older dock, which has reached its useful life.Maine, transporting residents to services on the mainland and supporting the islands economies. The grant will helpFTAs competitive Passenger Ferry Grant Program is au-upgrade a ferry terminal built in 1988 that was designed tothorized through federal fiscal 2020. PVAs legislative goals serve 500,000 passengers a year. Since then, passenger trafficinclude extending the program through future years and in-has increased to 1.1 million passengers annually. The reno- creasing its annual funding. nvations will expand passenger queuing and boarding areas, improving safety and efficiency.Among the other projects awarded to or that will benefit PVA ferry members are:Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), serving the Quad Cities metropolitan area in Illinois and Iowa, will receive $1.2 million to construct a new ferry terminal at the Village of East Davenport that will enhance service for passengers.The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will receive $5.9 million to upgrade passenger ferry slips at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ, to maintain safety and enhance service reliability for its passengers.The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and TransportationBUILT TO SERVE - BUILT TO LASTDistrict in California was awarded $5.9 million to acquireBUILT BY BLOUNTa new passenger ferry vessel that will enhance service re-liability for its passengers. We at Hy-Line Cruises are proudly celebrating the 65thMV Viking - Hull 17birthday of MV Viking. Built and launched at Blount Boats, MEMBERNEWS July 17, 1954, she is doing dependable service 4 to 5 times daily on the Cape Cod Scania USA Expands Western Operations Canal. She is a testament to Blounts craftsmanship, and PVA Associate member Cascade Engine Center,brilliant design.LLC has been assigned additional Scania USA marineDrew M Framsonengine territory on the West Coast to include Arizona,First Mate, MV Viking Launched in 1954California, Nevada, and Utah.HY-LINE Cruises & still going strong!This expansion is in addition to the service and salesOnset, MAthat Cascade Engine Center already has with Scania inBLOUNTBOATS.COMwestern U.S. and Canada. nWARREN, RHODE ISLANDSEPTEMBER 2019FOGHORN 37'