Estimating Tourism Expenditures for the Burlington Waterfront Path and the Island Line Trail

In this study, the authors estimated the economic activity associated with visitors using the Waterfront Trail in Burlington and also on the Island Line in Colchester where the trail follows a causeway into Lake Champlain to a “cut” where ferry service is provided at limited times during the summer season by Local Motion. The associated tourism expenditures were estimated using the 2008 interview-based visitor information, 2009 Local Motion ferry boardings, 24-hour multi-day automated continuous counts from the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO), and average visitor spending data from the State of Vermont. The results show that the overall average tourism spending of tourist users ranges from $1 to $2.5 million, over a five-month period between May and September, 2008. Non-resident riders on the bicycle and pedestrian ferry at the “cut” in Colchester were estimated to have spent $178,695 for only 13 days of operation.

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    • This research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    University of Vermont, Burlington

    Transportation Research Center
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  • Authors:
    • Zhang, Chen
    • Jennings, Lance
    • Aultman-Hall, Lisa
  • Publication Date: 2010-2


  • English

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 18p

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  • Accession Number: 01155863
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UVM TRC Report # 10-003
  • Files: UTC, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2010 12:30PM