b'NEWSWIREPVA Members Receive Ferry Grants from Federal Transit AdministrationOn July 24, grants totaling $47.5Orleans Regional TransportationGrant Program solicits proposals each million were announced to supportAuthority; Casco Bay Lines, Portland,year from public entities that operate 12 ferry systems across the nation.ME; Washington State Ferries, Seattle,or support ferry transportation. The Of this years awards, 10 will benefitWA; Staten Island Ferry, New York, NY;program is competitive, and there are PVA members directly or indirect- Central Oklahoma Transportation andusually more applications than there ly. These include the St. Johns RiverParking Authority, Oklahoma City, andis funding to distribute. Capital grants Ferry, Jacksonville, FL; Jamestown- Rhode Island Public Transit Authority,fund projects to purchase, replace, Scotland Ferry, Surry, VA; MetropolitanProvidence, RI. or rehabilitate passenger ferries, Boston Transportation Authority; SanTheU.S.FederalTransitterminals, and related infrastructure Francisco Bay Ferry (WETA); NewAdministrations Passenger Ferryand equipment.The Passenger Vessel Association supports this ferry grant program, lobbying Congress to extend its autho-Is Electricrization and increase its annual funding level. nRight ForNational Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory You? Committee Member Re-SolicitationThe Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing is seeking applications for membership positions represent-ing credentialed ratings in the National Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (N-MERPAC). N-MERPAC Lets talk about it was established by the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 and will replace the Merchant Torqeedo Inc. T +1 (815) 444 8806 Marine Personnel Advisory Committee 171 Erick Street, Unit A - 1 usa@torqeedo.com (MERPAC). On May 15, 2020, the U.S. Crystal Lake, IL 60014 www.torqeedo.com Coast Guard published a request in the Federal Register (85 FR 29467) for appli-cations for membership in N-MERPAC. Due to a lack of applications received for the membership positions repre-senting credentialed ratings, the Coast Guard is re-soliciting applications from persons qualified to represent credentialed ratings on the committee. Applicants who responded to the initial notice do not need to reapply. Those interested in N-MERPAC membership will need to submit an application as detailed in the federal register notice available online at:https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/31/2020-16652/national-merchant- marine-personnel-advisory-committee-vacancyInterested applicants should contact Ms. Megan Johns Henry at (202) 372-2357 or megan.c.johns@uscg.mil with any questions or feedback. n38AUGUST 2020FOGHORN'