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Tiburon seeks $18 million in grants for electric Angel Island ferries

The Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Co.’s vessel the Angel Island can carry up to 400 passengers for its 1 nautical-mile trip to Ayala Cove. (Elliot Karlan archive / For The Ark 2022)

Tiburon officials are going full-steam ahead — or, in this case, full-charge ahead — in seeking nearly $19 million in state funding to help transition the short-distance Angel Island ferries that launch from Tiburon to zero-emission vessels.

The Tiburon Town Council voted unanimously at its Sept. 20 meeting to have the town submit a grant request on behalf of the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Co. that would help the company meet new emission regulations put in place by the state in December 2022.

The California Air Resources Board is doling out the grants as part of its Advanced Technology Demonstration and Pilot Program, which is meant to support zero-emission efforts in both off-road equipment and vessel projects. Tiburon’s deadline to submit its grant application is Oct. 12.

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