The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) is pleased to announce a $1.57 million payment to the Steamship Authority (SSA) for their share of the $3.24 million in additional federal revenues generated from a joint transportation initiative which began in August of 2015 to capture previously untapped federal formula funding. This innovative strategy to increase federal funding for the Cape Cod region required a close collaboration between the CCRTA and the SSA consisting of numerous meetings, phone calls and email communications to satisfy the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) rigorous reporting requirements to add ferry service transportation data to the CCRTA’s standard transportation reporting to the National Transit Database (NTD). CCRTA Administrator Tom Cahir presented a check to SSA at their June 12 Board meeting. SSA is using the additional funding to pay for the preventive maintenance of their vessels and docks.
General Manager Bob Davis added, “We have worked collaboratively with the CCRTA for years now and plan to do so going forward. It’s been a fruitful relationship as we endeavor to seek new funding sources and we are extremely grateful to Tom and his staff for ushering us through this very rigorous process. We intend to put every dollar to good use to help pay for maintenance expenses to help improve the Steamship Authority’s performance. The Steamship Authority plays a central role commuting passengers and vehicles between the Cape & Islands. Being able to access available federal funds is vital for the region in terms of building the transportation network, providing safe and reliable service, as well as keeping costs down for our riders.”
CCRTA Administrator Tom Cahir acknowledged and commended “the monumental effort and steadfast attention to detail on the part of the SSA’s General Manager Bob Davis and his staff in collecting and providing the intricate level of ferry service ridership and financial data that was officially accepted by FTA in federal fiscal year 2016 and is now bearing fruit.” He further stated that “the additional $3.2 million in federal formula funding resulting from this important collaboration with the SSA is a particularly exciting development as RTAs and other transportation providers across the State are cutting service and raising fares while we continue to think outside the box, aggressively working to generate new funding opportunities, create efficiencies throughout our system and improve public transportation across our region.”
CCRTA and the SSA continue to work closely as members of a multi-modal committee intended to enhance coordination and collaboration opportunities between and among transportation modes.