WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine announced Aug. 5 that the state of Maine, Casco Bay Lines, and the Town of Frye Island are eligible to receive a total of $2,018,936 to support ferry services.

This funding was authorized through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Boat Program. Collins was part of the core group of 10 senators who negotiated the text of the bipartisan infrastructure law.

Collins, a Republican, and King, independent, both worked to negotiate and pass this historic legislation, which will deliver billions of dollars to Maine for investments in roads, bridges, broadband, and more.

“Maine’s ferries are indispensable to those who live and work in our island communities, providing passenger, freight, and postal services and transporting students to school and people to their jobs,” Collins said in the announcement. “This funding will help ensure that residents and visitors can continue to access safe and reliable ferry service to Frye Island as well as islands within Casco Bay, and along Maine’s coast.”

The funding will be made available as follows:

$1,006,408 for ferry services sponsored by the state of Maine; $763,575 for Casco Bay Lines; and $248,953 for the town of Frye Island ferry service.

Funding for the Ferry Boat Program is generally available to construct ferry boats, ferry terminals, and ferry maintenance facilities.