Making connections : intermodal links between scheduled passenger ferries and other public transportation modes
Just over 40 percent of U.S. passenger ferry terminals offer connections to other scheduled public transportation modes. That makes ferries less connected than intercity rail, where 53 percent of stations have links with other modes, but more connected than airports where only 24 percent are served by another mode. 1 Scheduled passenger ferry terminal data are the most recent to be added to the Intermodal Passenger Connectivity Database (IPCD) being developed by the Bureau of Transportation
... Transportation Statistics (BTS). The database now includes connection information for 1,494 intercity rail stations, airports, and ferry terminals. The ferry terminal inventory added to the IPCD is derived from data collected as part of the National Census of Ferry Operators, conducted by BTS in 2006. Of the 640 ferry terminals in that census, only 296 are included in the IPCD. 2 The IPCD quantifi es connectivity at terminals in the scheduled public transportation system. Terminals served by ferries that primarily carry vehicles between two stretches of highway that are unlikely to be used by nonvehicular passengers, and those served only by tourist or attraction ferries, are not considered to be public transportation terminals for purposes of the IPCD. 3 A complete description of 1 BTS Special Report SR-004, with information on intermodal passenger connectivity at intercity rail stations and airports, entitled Making Connections: Intermodal Links in the Public Transportation System, can be found at www.bts.gov. The fi gures for intercity rail stations and airports used here have been updated to refl ect changes since the issuance of that earlier report.