The purpose of this report was to analyze both the primary and secondary impacts that a ferry system has on communities that it serves. The impacts were assessed from economic, physical, social and environmental perspectives. The subject under study comprised the ferry services operating between the communities of Falmouth, Barnstable, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. The Institute found that the ferry system generates many different primary and secondary impacts to the island communities than to the landside communities. To the islands, the ferry system provides "lifeline" service. While the mainland communities gain economic benefits from the ferry system, more often it is seen as an increasing intrusion on the communities' own growth-stressed infrastructure. Most of the negative impacts of the ferry system are indirectly caused, including congestion, land development and loss of natural habitat.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Massachusetts, Boston

    Urban Harbors Institute, 85 Devonshire Street
    Boston, MA  United States  02109

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Pilsch Jr, M C
    • Held, A L
  • Publication Date: 1994-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 140 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00664646
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FTA-MA-06-0197-94-1
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 29 1995 12:00AM