Working Waterfront: The ferry Margaret Chase Smith, which services Islesboro [Maine] from Lincolnville, is expected to be in service for another decade or so. But a grant from the federal government will allow the state Department of Transportation to begin the design for a new ferry well in advance of the Smith’s retirement.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration awarded the state DOT $1 million last fall. The money is dedicated to designing a new ferry for servicing Islesboro. The Smith, which can carry 250 passengers and 33 cars, has been in service since 1987.
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