New Orleans RTA awarded funding for ferry improvements
The federal funding will allow New Orleans RTA to replace the Algiers Point landing barge, supporting its efforts to improve equitable transit options throughout the city.
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has announced that it has been awarded $5.663 million in federal funding through the Federal Transit Administration‘s (FTA) 2021 Passenger Ferry Grant Program. As part of the agency’s effort to maximise the flexibility of its marine fleet, the funding will be used to replace the Algiers Point landing barge, while standardising as many components as feasible.
“The RTA Board of Commissioners remains committed to pursuing funding that will improve equitable transit options throughout the city,” said Flozell Daniels Jr., New Orleans RTA Board Chair. “Federal funding provided to agencies through programmes, such as FTA’s 2021 Passenger Ferry Program, provides essential support for continued access to ferry service today and into the future.”
“Today’s grant award further solidifies RTA’s commitment to transforming transit in the City of New Orleans,” said Alex Z. Wiggins, CEO of RTA. “Our vision for the future of transit is reliant on building the necessary infrastructure through essential vessels and facilities that will enhance the rider’s experience. We are thankful to our partners at the FTA, the RTA Board of Commissioners and our local and state partners for their continued support of RTA’s vision in improving mobility in the region that is safe and reliable.”
“The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority is the largest public transportation provider in the New Orleans-Metairie Metropolitan Statistical Area, and this grant is a welcomed addition to our city’s transportation system,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “This award is another great example of how we are leveraging federal dollars to improve our ageing infrastructure and quality of life for all New Orleans residents and visitors.”
FTA awarded $45.3 million in fiscal year 2021 grants to projects in 11 states and territories to support passenger ferry services. The Passenger Ferry Grant Program directs funds to projects that will enhance and revitalise passenger ferry systems in urbanised areas. The grants also help transit agencies and ferry companies to offset the considerable cost of introducing new, climate-friendly propulsion technologies.