SHOREHAM - The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) have been informed that the Ticonderoga (Ti) Ferry suspended service Jan. 4.
According to the Ti Ferry operator, the reason for the suspension is that the company currently had not been able to secure marine insurance beyond Jan. 3.
NYSDOT and VTrans continue to expedite construction on the new all-season temporary ferry located at the former site of the Champlain Bridge, and expect it to be operational by the end of January, however, commuters are advised to allow extra time for travel for this brief interim period.
The following transportation alternatives are available for travelers:
The Essex/Charlotte Ferry remains open and is operating 24 hours per day. There is no charge for passengers during this transportation emergency. A schedule can be found by visiting www.ferries.com.
New York Service North (AM) to the Essex Ferry: From Ticonderoga NY to the Essex NY two buses are running - originating from the Ticonderoga WalMart at 4:25 a.m. and 5:25 a.m. Pickup locations along the way include: Crown Point (Sacred Heart Church), Port Henry (Nu-Way), Port Henry (Dock Street), and Westport Fairgrounds, arriving at Essex Ferry at 5:50 a.m. and 6:50 a.m.
Public transportation in New York via Trailways is available to the Essex ferry dock, with connecting service in Vermont. Buses in Vermont take riders to several stops within Addison County, including Northlands Job Corps, Goodrich, Main Street Vergennes and the greater Middlebury area. Return trips later in the afternoon are also available. NYSDOT will post flaggers in Essex to direct bus traffic to the ferry should the traffic become heavy.
New York Service South (p.m.) from the Essex Ferry: From Essex N.Y., to Ticonderoga N.Y., will run two buses originating from the Essex Ferry Dock at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Drop-off locations along the way include: Westport Fairgrounds, Port Henry (Dock Street), Port Henry (Nu-Way), and Crown Point (Sacred Heart Church).
Service from New York to Vermont (a.m.) through Whitehall, N.Y.: One bus will run from Crown Point, N.Y., to Vermont (business locations). The bus originates at the Crown Point (Sacred Hearts Church) at 5:45 a.m. with a stop at Ticonderoga WalMart at 6 a.m., then on to the following Vermont locations of Middlebury College 7:45 a.m., Porter Medical Center 7:50 a.m., and Goodrich Aeronautical 8:15 a.m. An additional bus through Whitehall to major employers in Vermont will be added if needed.
Service from Vermont to New York (p.m.) through Whitehall N.Y.: One bus will return from Vermont (business locations) to Crown Point, N.Y. Bus originates at the Goodrich Aeronautical at 4 p.m., Porter Medical Center 4:30 p.m., Middlebury College 4:35 p.m. and arrives in Ticonderoga, N.Y. 6:20 p.m., and Crown Point, N.Y. (Sacred Hearts Church) 6:35 p.m.
Dial-A-Ride Service in Vermont:
Dial-A-Ride service from Charlotte Ferry to Burlington: This service is available, but requires 24-hour advanced notice. For more information or to schedule a ride travelers may call 878-1527.
Dial-A-Ride and Fixed Route service from Charlotte Ferry to Vergennes: Dial-A-Ride service is also available, and requires 24-hour advanced notice. For more information or to schedule a ride travelers may call 388-1946 or visit the website at www.actr-vt.org.
For further information on the bus schedule, travelers may call Trailways at 800-858-8555.
Travelers are advised to check the various ferry websites as well as www.aot.state.vt.us and www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge for information on schedules.