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March 22, 2010

Essex-Charlotte ferry reopens

ESSEX — To the relief of residents here, the Essex-Charlotte, Vt., Ferry is running again.

The ferry was closed two days after the new Crown Point Ferry opened next to the demolished Champlain Bridge in January.

One of the boats used at Essex was deployed to Crown Point, but Lake Champlain Transportation now says it has enough ferries to go around, so the Essex Ferry reopened today.

Essex Supervisor Sharon Boisen said she was there when the ferry restarted after almost three months of no service.

“I saw it coming across the lake. It was a beautiful sight.”

The ferry will run only Monday through Friday until April 2, then go seven days a week starting April 5.

Ferry times are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Vermont and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. out of Essex.

The Essex Ferry will revert to its schedule of crossing fees, which start at $9.50 for car and driver. It had been free until the Crown Point Ferry opened.

Many northeastern Essex County residents had complained after the Essex Ferry closed, saying they regularly used it to get to employment and medical appointments in Vermont. Lake Champlain Transportation officials said they had no choice because they didn’t have enough boats in service at that time to cover all crossings.

Boisen said that not having the ferry running was a hardship for people.

“We’ve paid our dues. Everybody has to pay (to cross) now, but we’re happy to do that.”

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