IMPROVING FERRY SERVICE ACROSS LONG ISLAND SOUND

A study of vehicle-carrying ferry service across Long Island Sound is described. The purposes of the study were (a) to consider a wide range of possible services; (b) to explore and evaluate the economic performance, environmental impacts, and economic development impacts of these services; and (c) to combine the various measures of performance into an overall measure of feasibility that could be used as a basis for making recommendations. Five types of vessels were earmarked for study, from small, conventional-displacement vessels to high-speed hovercraft. A range of volumes and several possible crossing sites were chosen, A relatively simple economic model was constructed that used as input cost and performance data for ferry vessels, crossing distances and limitations on harbor speed, site-specific terminal cost estimates, and projections of fare versus the volume of vehicles carried at each site. A computer program written for this model was run for a wide range of vehicle volumes, crossings, and vessel types. Detailed studies were made of environmental impacts and the feasibility of terminal locations for services that performed well economically. The study concludes that high-technology vessels are not economically viable for vehicle-carrying service across the Sound and recommends near-term improvements to existing services that would lead to greatly expanded services over the long term. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 25-32
  • Monograph Title: Price and subsidy in intercity transportation and issues of benefits and costs
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176470
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030902661X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 14 1978 12:00AM