Sending Office: Honorable Don Young
Sent By:
Cameron.Humphrey@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Deadline: COB Today 

Co-signers: DelBene, Eshoo, Garamendi, Golden, Gonzalez-Colon, Huffman, Jayapal, Kilmer, Larsen, B. Lee, Lynch, M. Rose, Speier, Suozzi, Swalwell

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in sending a letter to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure urging inclusion for robust funding of public ferry systems during development of infrastructure investment legislation.

America’s public ferry systems are a critical part of our nation’s transportation network. Ferries help ease congestion in major metropolitan areas, serve isolated communities and provide critical emergency evacuation alternatives. Public ferry systems carry
more than 100 million passengers annually in at least 38 states and territories. Any infrastructure package we consider in Congress should include a robust increase in public ferry investments through the Federal Transit Administration’s Passenger Ferry Grant
program and the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Formula Program.   

We have attached the proposed text of the letter below and hope you will join us in supporting this important mode of transportation. The deadline for joining the letter is May 10th. For more information or to sign on to the letter, please contact
Cameron Humphrey (Cameron.Humphrey@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Young or Jeffrey Nowill (Jeffrey.Nowill@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Plaskett.

 

Sincerely,

 

Don Young                                                                                   Stacey E. Plaskett

Member of Congress                                                                    Member of Congress

 

Letter Text:

Dear Chairman DeFazio, Ranking Member Graves, Chairwoman Holmes Norton and Ranking Member Davis:

            As you work to develop legislation for investing in America’s infrastructure, we encourage you to include a robust increase in funding to public ferry systems around the nation through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Passenger Ferry
Grant program and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Ferry Formula program. These programs support ferry systems that ease congestion, serve isolated communities, and provide critical emergency evacuation alternatives in our Congressional districts.

            Public ferry systems carry more than 100 million passengers annually in at least 38 states and territories. Ferries improve general mobility by connecting people with the jobs and services they need to reach, and by connecting tourists with local
attractions. By taking millions of residents and visitors off the roads, ferries lessen traffic congestion, thereby reducing harmful emissions and diminishing wear and tear on our roads and bridges, which allows maintenance dollars to go farther and increases
the life-span of our critical infrastructure. Ferries also serve as a central component to any region’s ability to respond to manmade or natural disasters. For many isolated communities, public ferry systems serve as the only access to schools, jobs and medical
treatment.

            The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) (P.L. 114-94) reauthorized the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Passenger Ferry Grant Program and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Ferry Formula Program. The FAST Act funded
the FTA program at $30 million per year and the FHWA program at $80 million per year. While this level of funding is greatly appreciated, it falls far short of the funds needed to build, repair, and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities
in our districts. In fact, some of the largest pubic ferry systems around the country recently shared information with our offices on the capital needs they are facing today and in the years to come. What this information showed is that billions of dollars
are needed to support existing ferry service, to establish new ferry service where it is needed most, and to help repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities that millions of people around the country depend on every year.

            While State and local governments are doing their part by making large investments in public ferry systems, they are looking to the federal government to be an active partner in helping address their critical capital needs. We encourage you,
as part of any infrastructure legislation the committee takes up, to include a robust increase in funding to public ferry systems around the nation through the FHWA and FTA ferry programs.

 

Sincerely,

Rep. Don Young                                                                     Rep. Stacey E. Plaskett

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