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Casco Bay Lines Recieves $3.4M Grant To Improve Ferry Services

Julie Pike
Maine Public
Sen. Collins joined federal and local officials Thursday to announce a new grant for the Casco Bay Lines ferry service.

Casco Bay Lines has received a $3.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funding will be used to finish a third phase of terminal renovations in Portland.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who chairs the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, says that the ferry service is not only important for Maine's tourism industry, “but of course is vital to sustaining the year-round communities that are so important to our state's identity and heritage.”

Casco Bay Lines, which serves over one million passengers per year, is one of nine organizations that received an FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant. The ferry service will use the money to continue extending the pier in Portland, complete marine repairs and improve queuing for shorter lines.

Julie Pike and Eliana Miller are 2019 Dowe Interns.