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October 22, 2009

Pedestrian ferry to launch Monday from Westport

<img src="/homepage/images_image_276103054" alt="&#149;">&nbsp;&nbsp;Westport pedestrian service launching Monday as Crown Point span remains closed


The schedule for the new passenger ferry between Westport and Basin Harbor, Vt., is:

•  Ferries leave Westport at 6, 7 and 8 a.m. and 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

•  Ferries leave Basin Harbor at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. and 4, 5 and 6 p.m.

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WESTPORT — A new ferry service will carry foot passengers to and from Westport and Basin Harbor, Vt., to ease problems created by the Champlain Bridge closure.

The service will start Monday.

State, county and town officials, business owners, police and others met Thursday afternoon at Westport Town Hall to coordinate plans for the ferry service.

Westport Town Supervisor Daniel Connell said that because states of emergency have been declared by New York and Vermont, "a lot of red tape goes away. You need to do what is needed. One of our primary concerns is if Westport will be able to handle all of the people."

Essex County Transportation Coordinator Nancy Dougal pointed out that 1,000 to 1,500 county residents need to get to Vermont for employment, including 335 workers headed for the Middlebury area.

Also, an average of 50 ambulance runs are made per month.

Parking will be at the Essex County Fairgrounds, with a shuttle taking passengers to the ferry at Westport Marina.

The Olympic Regional Development Authority is loaning a 35-passenger bus for the shuttle.

"We're ready to roll on Monday morning," Dougal said.

Concerns about people parking in downtown Westport will be alleviated by signs restricting parking to two hours.

State Department of Transportation regional engineer Mike Fayette said the agency would provide signage, and Essex County Undersheriff Richard Cutting said flashing signs are available to direct motorists.


The Carroll family has agreed to allow the ferry to dock at Westport Marina, though Larry Carroll requested that cars not be parked at the business, as they are still removing and storing boats at this time of year.

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