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2014 APA Conference - Noel Comeaux

  1. 1. Pre-Session Inquiry 1. Do you take a ferry to work? 2. If so, how to you get to the ferry? a. Bus/rail? b. Bicycle? c. Drive? 3. If not, do you… a. Drive alone? b. Carpool? c. Bus/rail? d. Walk? e. Bicycle? f. Vanpool? g. Telecommute? 4. If one is convenient, why not? 5. Would you take a ferry if available and only 10-20 more minutes commuting time?
  2. 2. APO85 Ferry Committee: The Way Ahead April 2014 Noël P. Comeaux, AICP, PMP Chair, APO85 Ferry Committee Transportation Research Board Past-Chair, Transportation Planning Division American Planning Association
  3. 3. Today’s Presentation  What is a Ferry?  Current State of Ferries in the United States  Benefits of Ferry Services  Federal Support  APO85 TRB Ferry Committee  Planned Research Topics  Next Committee Meeting & Steps
  4. 4. What is a Ferry? • Ferry: • Defined in 46 USC 2102(10b). • Normally runs between set points & on set schedules. • Water Taxi: • A small passenger vessel that can be used as a ferry or to final destination, as directed by a passenger (or the someone hiring the vessel). • Normally, water taxis are not large and run routes that are not economical for larger ferry operations. Both fall under the legal definition of a passenger vessel or a small passenger vessel & require U.S. Coast Guard certification to carry 6 or more passengers for hire.
  5. 5. The Current State…  National Census of Ferry Operators • 2010 Data Query  Are Ferries Currently Being Utilized? • Over 200 Operators • 42 States • Over 53 million passengers • Over 23 million vehicles • Over 600 average daily passenger boardings (avg’d across all the services) • Over 680 average daily vehicle boardings (avg’d across all the services)
  6. 6. Source: DOT Census of Ferry Operators
  7. 7. Benefits 0f Ferry Services  Washington, DC Metro Area – #1 in Congestion • Urban Mobility Report, 2012  Walkability (“Sanity”) • Proximity to other residential or retail development? • Proximity to other urban modes of transportation  Energy • Liquefied Natural Gas – less emissions  Transit Oriented Development • San Francisco, Seattle, etc.  Eligible for Commuter Benefits • Commuter ferry services are eligible for Federal benefits up to $130 monthly  Emergency Evacuation • There is existing waterside infrastructure. • Public vessel capacity may be an issue.
  8. 8. Historic Cape May
  9. 9. Cape May-Lewes Ferry
  10. 10. Travel Options
  11. 11. The Alternative?
  12. 12. Federal Support  Maritime Administration • America’s Marine Highway Program • Gateway Office Regional Support  Federal Highway Administration • Formulary Ferry Grant Program  Federal Transit Administration • Discretionary Ferry Grant Program  US Coast Guard • Permitting/Vessel Certification (Safety Inspection) • Channel Buoy Maintenance  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration • Navigation Charts Infrastructure Only
  13. 13. Congressional Testimony  House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee • Testimony - March 26, 2014 • USCG Admiral Papp, FMC Chairman Cordero & Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen • Addressed maritime funding  What does this mean? • Doing “the same” with less for USCG security efforts including for the Passenger Vessel Safety Program.
  14. 14. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)  Formulary Grant Program • Federal Highway Administration  Discretionary Grant Program • Federal Transit Administration  NOFA closed October 21, 2013  Applications currently being reviewed  Program Manager • Vanessa Williams • 202-366-4818 • Vanessa.Williams@dot.gov
  15. 15. Departmental Support  Maritime Administration • Seneca Sok  202-366-6639  Federal Highway Administration • Joseph Taylor  410-779-7146  Federal Transit Administration (Planning) • Jeffrey Spencer  202-366-0550 • Charlene Wilder  202-366-1077
  16. 16. APO85 TRB Ferry Committee  Purpose • To foster and distribute useful information / research concerning ferry systems  Audience • To users, operators, suppliers, manufacturers, and regulators.  Research • Ferry requirements, operations, planning, management, design, construction, maintenance, and utilization. • Ferries that operate in ocean, coastal, inland, and river environments are included. • Other ideas?!  Websites • TRB: http://www.trb.org/CommitteeandPanels/Public/OnlineDirectory.as px#DetailsType=Committee&ID=1175 • Google: https://sites.google.com/site/trbferry/ • Linkedin: Coming Soon!
  17. 17. Committee’s 2014-17 Composition Non-Profit Org. (Research/Assoc.) 29% State Government 14% Local/Regional Government 14% Federal Government 19% Operator 19% Port 5% Non-Profit Org. (Research/Assoc.) State Government Local/Regional Government Federal Government Operator Port
  18. 18. APO85’s Direction  First Year • Connectivity to urban and rural transit service • Development of P3s involving:  Transit agency development (for a new privately operated service)  Electronic ticketing  Terminal design and development • Market assessment for new, emerging, or additive markets • GHG Emissions reduction from alternate fuels development • Governance • Business Case for Ferries • Ferries and the environment (climate change impacts) including reducing water and shoreline impacts. • Cost comparison between ferry & other modes  Infrastructure development & operational/maintenance • Congested waterways - a major concern for Passenger Vessel Operators
  19. 19. APO85’s Direction  After the First Year • Connectivity to urban and rural transit services including bus and rail • GHG Emissions reduction from alternate fuels development • Ferries and the environment (climate change impacts) including how to reduce water and shoreline impacts. • Comparison of infrastructure development and operational/maintenance costs to ferry development and operational/maintenance costs, given various requirements from passenger to vehicular to truck/freight.  This would entail a greater business case for ferry services due to increase labor and material costs.
  20. 20. Next Meeting & Steps  Meeting: • Time:  Monday, June 23, 2014; 1:00 - 5:00 PM • Place:  National Academy of Sciences  Next Steps: • Outline / Develop Strategic Plan • Determine Research Needs  Synergy of Marine & Transit Efforts • Look for Additional Committee Members & “Friends” of the Committee
  21. 21. TRB-CMTS Joint Conference  3rd Biennial Research & Development Conference • “Innovative Technologies for a Resilient Marine Transportation System” • June 24-26, 2014 • For more information, contact Scott Brotemarkle, TRB, at Sbrotemarkle@nas.edu.  Topics to be addressed include: • Assessing the State of Marine Transportation System (MTS) Infrastructure • MTS Quantitative & Qualitative Performance • Environmental Stewardship: Moving from Research to Best Practices • MTS Resilience: Developing Tools for the Future • Engineering With Nature, Utilizing 'Grey' and 'Green' Infrastructure Solutions • The Future of e-Navigation: Innovating Digital Possibilities
  22. 22. Thank you!  Further Information • TRB website • Google website • Linked website  Contact Information: • Noël P. Comeaux, AICP, PMP  Chair, TRB Ferry Committee  202-366-5527  Noel.Comeaux@dot.gov

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