The development of large scale recreation complexes on the nation's waterfronts portends a return to waterborne transit as a means of access. In the New York City Metropolitan Region, Gateway, Liberty Park and the Palisades Interstate Park systems exemplify these sizable recreation/open space resources with waterborne Transit potential. Reinforcing the concept of barges for passenger transportation is the emergence of new technology barge/tug linkage systems. At least five or six of these systems have a direct application to passenger movement. Because of the relative slow speed (10-15 knots), the barge/tug system is acceptable for recreation trips but not for journey to work. Cost savings are achievable over comparable sized conventional self-propelled excursion boats. Cost savings are estimated in the magnitude of 20% for operating costs and 12% for capital costs. Scenarios have been prepared for a fleet of 3 tugs and 4 barges providing transit capacity of some 10,000 daily person trips. Regulatory, safety, operating and capital cost estimates and a host of other considerations and criteria point to the use of barge/tug combinations for large scale waterborne access. The paper recommends that this concept be demonstrated.

  • 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.
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    American Society of Civil Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Phraner, S D
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00170270
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1981 12:00AM