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Fast Ferries

tsc

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I didn't work on it... but we have a recent ferry service across the Hudson River... and people use it.
 

dread098

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This may be a little off the subject, but i live in rochester and i can't wait until the ferry starts running. rochester needs this ferry, and don't understand why toronto is so hesitant
 

Chet

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I wasnt involved with it, but Milwaukee is getting high speed ferry service to Michigan soon (Muskegon I think?).
 

Cardinal

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Is this a topic for GALIP?

I do know that I would love to take the ferry across Lake Michigan from Manitowoc to Ludington. I have also spent time on the ferries in the Seattle area and thought they were an exeptionally enjoyable way to get around. This sounds like a good idea, and I hope the Torontoans will support it.
 

donk

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There is a high speed ferry from NS to Maine.

Then there are the numerous (less so now) cable ferries on the saint John River. They carry 10-12 vehicles and cross the river as the demand warrants. Nowhere near the scale you are talking about. They did the EIA's for the new bridge by examining the ferry paths and impacts on wild life though.

There is talk of a new ferry from Belldune/Bathurst NB to NFLD also. From teh media reports teh issues are the same as in TO, who pays and who decides what is going to happen when.

http://www.portofbelledune.ca/july_30.html

http://nb.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=al_ferry102802

http://stjohns.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=nl~ferry~05jul03
 
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Chet

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michaelskis said:
I did not work on it... I have never been on it... and something seems wrong.

It goes accross LAKE MICHIGAN.
For every Wisconsinite that has to fight to get through Chicago and Gary traffic to get to Michigan, it's a godsend.
 

michaelskis

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Chet said:
For every Wisconsinite that has to fight to get through Chicago and Gary traffic to get to Michigan, it's a godsend.
When I lived In Escanaba and my Sister lived in K-Zoo, I rather deal with a 5 mile bridge, and a long drive, than a Ferry accross the Lake.
 

Chet

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green lizard said:
Hey, are these high speed ferries like
Hover craft type boats? (hoover, hover, huver???)
The Milwaukee-Muskego high speed ferry is a catamaran. Capacity is 46 cars
 

Cardinal

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Chet said:
The Milwaukee-Muskego high speed ferry is a catamaran. Capacity is 46 cars
Can you really take a ferry from Milwaukee to Muskego? What is the schedule?
 

Chet

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SHEESH miss an N and the world comes crashing down on you...

MuskegoN

I wonder what caused that slip up on my part? :)
 

NHPlanner

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The Cat between Bar Harbor, ME and Yarmouth, NS carries 250 cars and 900 passengers, and is a high-speed catamaran. I loved my ride on it last June, my wife hated it (too choppy that day I guess).
 

Seabishop

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There's a new high speed ferry between Providence and Newport. I see it as more of a recreational/tourist thing than a convenient way to get to work everyday because: 1) You can drive in about the same time, 2) Newport is a little isolated to get that many commuters, and 3) the ferry drops you off too far from downtown Providence. It is a good first step though, Narragansett Bay links just about every town and getting east to west can be tough.
 

JNL

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We have a fast ferry service that operates between our two main islands. There have been some problems related to the environmental effects on coastal habitats and properties of the wash/wake created by the fast ferry.

This article discusses the process used to deal with complaints. The issue has been partially resolved by setting a maximum speed limit of 18 knots.
http://www.marlborough.govt.nz/harbour/fastferries_main.asp
 

Rem

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JNL said:
There have been some problems related to the environmental effects on coastal habitats and properties of the wash/wake created by the fast ferry.
"He he, Tasmanian fast ferry company launches program to wipe NZ off tourist map ...."
 

jresta

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So this Rochester ferry is for cars?

NY/NJ has a great PASSENGER ferry system.

I used to ride the ferry from Highlands, NJ to Pier 11 (Wall St.) when I worked down there. My door to door commute by train was an hour and 45 minutes. When i switched to the ferry it went down to a 20 minute drive and a 35 minute ferry ride. Cost of train commute = $230/month. Cost of ferry commute = $440 a month. Needless to say i didn't stick with "the boat" for very long.

It was a great ride. first-class, airline style seats, wide screen TV, juice/snack bar, and a deck for the nice weather.
http://www.nyff.com/about.html

a map of the NYC ferry network
http://www.panynj.gov/ferry/fermain.HTM
 
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