We recently enjoyed a day on Lake Erie's South Bass Island, taking in the little tourist town of Put-In-Bay. To get there you have to take a ferry, fly over in a small plane, or come over by private boat.
There are two (2) ferry services going to Put-In-Bay. Miller's Ferry runs auto-carrying boats from the tip of Catawba Peninsula to the southern side of the island. Most visitors without a vehicle take The Jet Ferry, which leaves from Port Clinton (and, new this year, Sandusky).
The fleet of Jets are big catamaran boats, probably carrying a couple hundred passengers. I have seen similar passenger ferries in other locales.
During the trip to The Bay I mentioned to Katie that people in places like New York City use ferry services every day, going to and from work, etc. It would seem to me that the time on a ferry could be productive and relaxing. Perhaps read a good book, enjoy some people watching, listen to "private" music on headphones, play or work with a laptop, open the briefcase and finish those reports.
With all of this in mind, some questions.
Have you been on any ferry? Did you enjoy? Do you use ferry service regularly, perhaps to get to work and back? Have you done any kind of study of this interesting and often ignored transportation mode? Have you been involved in designing and/or planning of such a service?
Finally.....I did not mention to Katie that during the trip I was thinking about how vulnerable these services would be to a terrorist attack. I am logical enough to know that my chances of meeting doctor death are much-much greater in my car. I was just thinking about the logistics of being ready for such an event.
I await your thoughts.