Commuter Ferry Service Begins for Maine’s Cranberry Isles

WorkingWaterfront.com: This fall, the town of Cranberry Isles began the first year of an experimental commuter ferry that residents hope might help spur island economic development. At the March 2010 town meeting, voters agreed to subsidize a commuter ferry service that would allow high school students and mainland workers to travel back and forth via public transportation.

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For years, the winter ferry schedule made it difficult to reach the mainland hub of Northeast Harbor much before 9 a.m. while the last boat back to island left at 3:30. In addition to hampering islanders’ ability to work on the mainland, the limited schedule also made it impossible for island students to reach Mount Desert Island High School before classes began.

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