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Old 11-17-2014, 08:41 AM
 
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Has anyone taken any of the 3 ferries across Lake Champlain between NY and VT? How long does it take to get across? Do people use it to commute on a regular basis?
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:50 PM
 
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Here is what I'm talking about, by the way: Lake Champlain Ferries | New York & Vermont Ferry Crossings | Lake Champlain Transportation
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:36 PM
 
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I took the ferry for 4 years when my daughter was at school in Vermont. For me the Charlotte to Essex route (about 1 hr) was a nice break from the 12+ road trip. My daughter said there were teachers who commuted from Plattsburgh every day so I guess it's just a mind set if you want to have that as a daily commute.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:34 PM
 
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Yes. People use them to commute. Especially the Plattsburg/Grand Isle one. Its a busy crossing.
The P'Burg/Grand Isle ferry runs 24/7 and is about a 15-20 minute crossing. They usually run 3 boats during the day so there is very little wait time. Never been on that crossing at night so not sure how many boats they run.
The Essex/Charlotte ferry is a 25-30 minute ride. They run 2 ferries leaving on the 1/2 hour. There are some commuters on this line. It occasionally shuts down during winter if there is too much ice. It also only runs from 6am-8pm.
The Burlington/Fort Kent ferry is about an hour long. It is seasonal, only running during the warmer months.
Lake Champlain Ferries | New York & Vermont Ferry Crossings | Lake Champlain Transportation

There is another ferry that is run by a different outfit than the 3 above ferries that runs between Shorham VT and Ticonderoga NY. It runs on a cable - very interesting! About a 10 minute ride. This is also a seasonal ferry.
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Old 11-17-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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Nice! Do they offer passes similar an EZ Pass or is it strictly on a daily basis? Has there ever been talks to replace the ferry routes with a bridge?

Also, has Burlington and Plattsburgh thought marketing itself as one region in terms of tourism?
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:08 AM
 
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Never heard of a bridge. It would cost a ton of money and I'm sure the ferry company would have a say in that! Its a mile crossing where the P'burg/GI ferry is which is the shortest crossing (not counting the Fort Ti ferry).
They don't have an easy pass system but I believe if you buy XXX amount of tickets you get a small discount.
Many NYers leave a car on the VT side during the week(there is a parking lot where they are allowed to do this) and walk on the ferry to save money. Then take the cars back over to the NY side for the weekend (speaking of the Plattsburg/Grand Isle crossing).
I've never heard of the regions combining to market together.

Edit: just found on the website - they do have a commuter card that you can buy.
http://www.ferries.com/crossing-sche...commuter-cards
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:22 AM
 
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Never heard of a bridge. It would cost a ton of money and I'm sure the ferry company would have a say in that! Its a mile crossing where the P'burg/GI ferry is which is the shortest crossing (not counting the Fort Ti ferry).
They don't have an easy pass system but I believe if you buy XXX amount of tickets you get a small discount.
Many NYers leave a car on the VT side during the week(there is a parking lot where they are allowed to do this) and walk on the ferry to save money. Then take the cars back over to the NY side for the weekend (speaking of the Plattsburg/Grand Isle crossing).
I've never heard of the regions combining to market together.

Edit: just found on the website - they do have a commuter card that you can buy.
Ferry Ride Gift & Commuter Cards | Lake Champlain Ferries
You answered another question I had about leaving a car on one side or the other.

Is there a public transportation connection at either end that gets you to any of the ferry routes?
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:40 PM
 
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I don't believe there is any public transportation. Certainly not at the Essex/Charlotte ferry.
Lots of carpooling going on.
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:38 PM
 
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I also wonder if some peo
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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I also wonder if people that travel to Burlington ever thought of taking the train to the Port Kent station and then taking the ferry from there to Burlington. It could be a great alternative way to get there.
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