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Ferry approaching the dock at Charlotte, VT with the purple Adirondack mountains' majesty in the background. Archive Photo of the Day 12/28/13: Sue Cameron, Lake Placid, NY
Ferry approaching the dock at Charlotte, VT with the purple Adirondack mountains' majesty in the background. Archive Photo of the Day 12/28/13: Sue Cameron, Lake Placid, NY

Lake Champlain ferry fees going up next month

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Lake Champlain Transportation Company says fees for crossing between Vermont and New York are going up.

The company announced Monday that the cost for a driver and a vehicle less than 19 feet long will increase to $10 on April 4. Each adult passenger will cost $4.  Go to full article
US Senator Charles Schumer
US Senator Charles Schumer

Schumer: Scrapping fee for entering US from Canada by ferry not enough

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer announced Monday the federal government is backing down from its plan to charge ferry boat passengers who come to the US border from Canada a $5.50 fee. The fee will still apply to travelers arriving in the US by plane.

In a press release, Schumer said Customs and Border Protection's decision is an important step toward eliminating the fees entirely.  Go to full article
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Work underway on arch for new VT-NY bridge

Construction of the Lake Champlain Bridge that will connect West Addison, Vermont and Crown Point, New York has been moving forward this summer.

The bridge's signature steel arch has been assembled at an old marina on the New York shore, and looks like it's ready to be moved to the site of the new bridge. But as VPR's Melody Bodette reports, there's still more work to be done before that can happen.  Go to full article
Essex ferry dock when the flooding was at its worst (File photo/Brian Mann)
Essex ferry dock when the flooding was at its worst (File photo/Brian Mann)

Essex ferry reopens, DEC investigates

The Lake Champlain Transportation Company says regular ferry service between Essex, New York, and Charlotte, Vermont resumed this morning at 6 am. The company says it was able to reopen the flooded dock on the New York shore after it dumped fifty dumptruck loads of gravel onto the approach route.

Local residents are thrilled that the crossing is open, but state Environmental officials are investigating whether the work was done without proper permits and safeguards. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Commuters want ferry service at Essex even during ice season (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Commuters want ferry service at Essex even during ice season (Photo: Brian Mann)

Critics say ferry closure would cause "ordeal" in Champlain Valley

Roughly a hundred people crammed the Essex, New York, fire hall last night to protest a plan to shut down ferry service this winter.

The Lake Champlain Transportation company says it will suspend crossings from Essex to Charlotte, Vermont, when the lake begins to ice over.

Local residents from New York and Vermont blasted that decision.

As Brian Mann reports, critics say the ferry is crucial for the region's economy and for public safety.  Go to full article
Cars crowded the Crown Point ferry this morning on its first day of service.
Cars crowded the Crown Point ferry this morning on its first day of service.

Ferry is a relief to Champlain Valley commuters

It was a cold morning for a boat ride, but the lines were long for the first day of ferry service between Crown Point and Addison Vermont.

The first ferry left the Vermont side of the lake around five o'clock this morning and returned from the New York shore about 15 minutes later. The ferry is free, and it'll be running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas was on the first ferry and was joined by New York state transportation officials for the return trip.

Our Adirondack Bureau chief Brian Mann was on the ferry right and spoke live with artha Foley during the 8 'clock Hour.

Correction: NCPR has reported incorrectly that the Essex-Charlotte ferry will close this winter. Currently, LCT says they have only suspended 24/7 service, with the last departure from Charlotte will be at 7:30 pm and from Essex at 8:00 pm.  Go to full article

Paterson hears local concerns about closure of Moriah's shock camp

Gov. David Paterson has been taking heat in Albany - for his tough proposed budget, for his sagging poll numbers - and this week he's been out and about elsewhere in the state, defending both his budget and his pledge to run for governor this year, despite all.

On Lake Champlain yesterday to announce the opening of the temporary ferry between Crown Point and Addison, Vermont, he faced a barrage of questions and criticism for his plan to close the Moriah shock prison camp. The closure is part of his effort to reduce a multi-billion dollar budget gap in the coming fiscal year.
Brian Mann spoke with Martha Foley about the local concerns, and the governor's responses.  Go to full article

Plans to demolish the Crown Point bridge over Lake Champlain are proceeding

State officials in New York and Vermont have issued a contract to two companies to demolish the bridge across Lake Champlain between Crown Point, NY and Addison, VT. According to New York's Department of Transportation, explosives will be used to knock down the 2,000-foot long structure. No date has been set for the demolition. Brian Mann gave Martha Foley and update on the plans, and two meetings set for tomorrow in Ticonderoga.  Go to full article
Brian Donovan skippers a new pedestrian ferry from Westport to Basin Harbor
Brian Donovan skippers a new pedestrian ferry from Westport to Basin Harbor

Locals caught in Lake Champlain bridge closure organize NY-VT pedestrian ferry

As state officials scramble to find a permanent fix to the Crown Point bridge closure, locals have been working out their own solutions - everything from car pooling to kayaking across Lake Champlain. A new pedestrian ferry opened yesterday between Westport, New York and Basin Harbor on the Vermont side. Brian Mann rode along and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
(source: Fort Ticonderoga Ferry)
(source: Fort Ticonderoga Ferry)

Heard Up North: Aboard the Fort Ticonderoga ferry

At the southern tip of Lake Champlain, a small ferry shuttles people and their cars between New York and Vermont. The ferry is named the Addie B and the captain is today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

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