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Ferries Float Choices for City Commuters & Planners

Mary Jander, Managing Editor, Future Cities
Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:24 EST

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Toby
Toby  
3/3/2014 4:00:36 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Ferries
@Mary: odd is a well chosen word, here. It is mighty odd that old father Thames, whose waterways are mostly empty of all traffic these days, has not been turned into a rich source of additional ferry commutations. The Hudson is a far busier waterway by comparison. There may be a story in that one.....

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
3/3/2014 1:41:20 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Ferries
Odd that London hasn't provided more ferry service, @Toby. It can't be the amount of ship traffic. The Hudson River has just as many freight boats as the Thames, no? (It IS the Thames that would need the ferry, is it not?)

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
3/3/2014 1:39:29 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Hello and goodbye to inter-island service
@PostSandy, the only problem with those little ferry buses or jitneys is that it takes a long time to get them going once you're off the ferry. You can sit there for maybe 15 minutes or so before leaving. Then, because they traverse city streets, it can take many more minutes to stop at lights, battle traffic, and make numerous other stops before you reach your destination. Yes, you get really close to the place, but it may have taken you 45 minutes on the bus.

bulk
bulk  
3/3/2014 1:06:47 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Hello and goodbye to inter-island service
@Mary, I am assuming it is for time reasons, but to be honest I don't know for sure. Perhaps its just because that is the way they do it here. Now whenever I get on or off one of them I make sure to use a very quick hop to go from one to the other. 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
3/3/2014 1:04:15 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Hello and goodbye to inter-island service
Wow @Bulk! That experience sounds totally scary and unsafe. I'm surprised they don't tie up the ferries. You said it's for time reasons?

Toby
Toby  
3/3/2014 8:19:36 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Ferries
Mary, I used to take the Port Imperial ferry, Hoboken to NYC World Trade. I did not realize it had become so costly. It was always noce to watch the ice sheets floating down the Hudson in the winter. However NY has long been ahead of London on this one and over here we have very little by way of a Ferry service that could make commuting into the city a good deal less stressful. I don't know why that is....

bulk
bulk  
3/2/2014 12:12:15 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Hello and goodbye to inter-island service
I think most are just used to it, but one time when I took the ferry I was getting ready to jump off when the boat drifted out a bit and I found myself with one foot on the boat and one on the dock as the boat was pushing away. It was only a foot or so but caused a sense of urgancy to get moving. LOL

PostSandy
PostSandy  
3/2/2014 12:09:33 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Hello and goodbye to inter-island service
Cool, bulk. The passengers must be agile in Bangkok. Well, the boarding and unboarding in Hong Kong will not disappoint. It does take a while for the ferry to dock though. 

bulk
bulk  
3/2/2014 12:04:31 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Hello and goodbye to inter-island service
@PostSandy, They just sort of pull up and bump the back of the boat into the doc and try to keep it there without tieing off while people jump off then on. 

I have not been to HK yet since movign to Asia, but I am hoping to go this year so I will be sure to give the ferry a try. :-D

PostSandy
PostSandy  
3/2/2014 11:52:52 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Hello and goodbye to inter-island service
@bulk, what is scary about the boarding and unboarding? Is it related to the kind of boats they use? My cousin took ferries to school everyday in Bangkok. I heard the wind blowing straight at your face can be brutal sometimes. Never tried it myself. Speaking of ferries in that region, there are some cheap ferry rides in Hong Kong too. It takes at least double the time to get across the harbour, than taking the subway, though. The view you get is great.

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