Mayor Eric Adams Announces NYC Receives $7.5 Million in Federal Funding to Electrify Governors Island Ferry

Funding will support new rapid charging station to support Governors Island’s hybrid-electric ferry coming next summer

Additional $3 million grant will support 24/7 Staten Island Ferry operations

New York – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that New York City has been awarded more than $10 million in U.S. Federal Transit Administration funding to support ferry operations serving Governors Island and Staten Island. One $7.5 million grant will fund the installation of shoreside rapid charging infrastructure to support the fully electric operations of the new hybrid-electric Governors Island Ferry announced by Mayor Adams and the Trust for Governors Island in March 2023. The other grant, for $3 million, will fund the rehabilitation of a New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) offsite storage facility supporting 24/7 operations of the Staten Island Ferry.

The new, hybrid-electric Governors Island Ferry will be the first vessel of its kind to provide public transportation within New York Harbor, eliminating 800 tons of carbon emissions per year. Along with the nation-leading Center for Climate Solutions coming to Governors Island, anchored by the New York Climate Exchange announced in April 2023, Mayor Adams and the Trust are establishing Governors Island as a national hub for green innovation. The upgrades to Staten Island Ferry infrastructure follow the Adams administration’s agreement with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association – the city’s first contract with Staten Island Ferry licensed officers since 2010 – helping deliver the reliable, 24/7 ferry service Staten Islanders and all riders deserve.

“I am thrilled to see New York City leading the way in sustainable transportation with the introduction of the first hybrid-electric ferry for Governors Island,” said New York State Assemblymember Charles D. Fall. “This substantial federal investment not only enhances our city’s infrastructure but also aligns with our commitment to environmental stewardship. By reducing emissions and advancing clean energy solutions, we are taking critical steps towards a greener future. The shoreside rapid charging infrastructure represents a significant leap forward in our ongoing efforts to reduce carbon footprints and promote eco-friendly travel options for New Yorkers and visitors alike. I commend the Biden administration, Mayor Adams, and our federal partners for their vision and commitment to transforming our city’s transit system into a model of sustainability.”