Waterborne transport is often environmentally preferable to other travel modes. Such systems are becoming necessary because use of surface transit, especially the private auto, is being discouraged in many seashore recreation areas including the Fire Island National Seashore. A recently completed transportation study of ferry transport to Fire Island from alternative embarkation points on Long Island is discussed. Three public recreation areas are to be developed on Fire Island for 5,000 daily visitors. Existing ferry service will be expanded requiring the acquisition of mainland property for visitor parking, reception facilities, and ferry loading docks. Several sites along the shoreline were identified and evaluated for possible use. The primary criteria in the final site selection were environmental suitability and public acceptance. Alternative vessel types were considered but environmental constraints suggested moderate-sized, slow-speed conventional hull crafts. Round-trip costs per passenger are estimated to be $1.60 to $3.75, depending on the route, for the most cost-effective system. The National Park Service is now finalizing the plan and will soon initiate its development.

  • 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

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    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Monte, P C
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00170794
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1981 12:00AM