TCRP Report 152: Guidelines for Ferry Transportation Services
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TCRP Report 152:
Guidelines for Ferry Transportation Services
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TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 152: Guidelines for Ferry Transportation Services examines the history and characteristics of ferry systems throughout North America and offers guidelines for planning, marketing, operating, and managing a ferry system as a component of an overall transportation network.

The report also explores the potential benefits of and impediments to ferry transportation services and identifies potential planning, operational, and management benchmarks.


  • Transportation — Marine Transportation
  • Transportation — Public Transportation
  • Transportation — Administration and Management
  • Transportation — Passenger Transportation

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160 pages | 8.5 x 11

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-x
Part 1 - Background Information and Case Studies 1-1
Objectives and Methodology 2-3
Report Organization 4-4
Definitions 5-5
Types of Ferry Service 6-7
Ferry Functions 8-9
Ferry Route Typology 10-11
Federal Regulatory Agencies 12-12
Other Federal Agencies 13-13
Funding Sources 14-16
Initial Survey of Ferry Operators 17-17
ConnecticutLong Island (New York) Ferry Services 18-26
New York Harbor Ferries 27-37
North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division 38-45
U.S. Virgin Island Ferries 46-50
Washington Island Ferry Line (Wisconsin) 51-55
Seattle Metropolitan Area Ferry System 56-69
Hawaii Superferry Project 70-76
British Columbia Ferry System 77-86
Part 2 - Practitioner and Policymaker Guidance 87-87
Section 6 - Summary of Guidance 88-89
Problem Identification 90-90
Assessment of All Transit Alternatives - Incorporation of Goals, Criteria, and Measures 91-94
Analysis of the Ferry Alternative 95-101
The Go/No-Go Decision 102-108
Recruiting, Development, and Retention of Personnel 109-109
Vessel Technology 110-112
Terminal Design 113-119
Land Use and Traffic and Transit Coordination Issues 120-121
Regulatory and Safety Requirements 122-123
Maintenance Requirements 124-124
Marketability 125-126
Strategic Plan 127-127
Business Plan 128-131
References 132-134
Appendix A - Bibliography 135-138
Appendix B - Ferry Operators' Survey Results 139-149
Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications 150-150

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