THE ROLE OF WATERBORNE TRANSIT IN THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA

Provides an estimate of what the author's company believes is needed to provide adequate commuter and recreational transportation between the North Jersey Coast and Lower Manhattan. With the present congested highways, the only reasonable alternative lies in the waterways. A current analysis indicates the need for an overall integration of ferry services so as to meet the weekly and seasonal variations in passenger travel patterns with the minimum capital investment. The economic realities of the current times compel an examination of the most cost effective means of waterborne transportation. Rather than employ high energy consumers such as SES and hydrofoils, it is believed that semi-planing displacement hull offer the best solution. Currently in the planning stage is the design of a 30 mph semi-planing catamaran ferry with a capacity of 1500 passengers. An alternate, more conventional design of equal capacity and speed based on the Nickum & Spaulding GOLDEN GATE high speed water-jet commuter boats is a serious candidate. In the future, consideration should be given to ferry boats that can handle up to 10,000 passengers and travel at a speed of 20 miles per hour. Some of the conceptual designs are presented so that one can get a better picture of the types of ferries that the studies have produced to date.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of Second International Waterborne Transportation Conference, October 5-7, 1977, New York City. Available April, 1978, approximately 750 pages, Cost: to ASCE members $15.00; non-members $30.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  USA  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Cox, A E
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00170266
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1981 12:00AM