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IslandHops
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All it takes is for the gov/senate to make some calls and establish a properly run government transit authority to run it?

http://news.yahoo.com/alaska-borough-wants-away-expensive-ferry-222717872.html

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Topic starter Posted : February 1, 2013 11:33 am
speee1dy
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properly run government-here. not going to happen

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Posted : February 1, 2013 11:47 am
Jamison
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that would be amazing

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Posted : February 1, 2013 12:27 pm
dbwilk
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And a competent Capt. that won't run'er aground

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Posted : February 1, 2013 1:09 pm
speee1dy
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good one dbwilk

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Posted : February 1, 2013 8:16 pm
CityGuy
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The Govt awards low bidders the contract/license only to watch the winner fail. Some think a properly Govt run transit authority would work. Think and smile on that one.:-)

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Posted : February 2, 2013 8:18 am
islandtyme
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"a properly Govt run transit authority" ...............HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhAhAHAHAHHAHAHHAAAAHHHAAAAA!!!!!!
Perhaps they will form a task force & steal, er um study this possibility. 😀

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Posted : February 2, 2013 3:05 pm
IslandHops
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We could get a federal grant to fund a feasibility study to see if it is worthwile to develop an RFP for possible site location development? I'm pretty sure someone in the senate has some friends or relatives fully quallified for such an endeavor.

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Topic starter Posted : February 4, 2013 12:20 pm
rotorhead
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New ferry to transport vehicles as well as passengers!

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Posted : February 4, 2013 6:02 pm
Alana33
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That would sure make it a fun and exhilarating trip back & forth to STX, rotorhead!

I am not sure that there needs to be a STT/STX passenger ferry. It can be a quite rough and long passage between the 36 mile run from sea buoy to sea buoy when a plane is faster, costs about the same and you have a smoother ride. There are cargo boats that go between STT/STX for those that need merchandise sent back and forth.

The STX ferries have always had problems and to this date have failed to provide continuous, reliable service.
Plus, Doesn't the government subsidize the ferries with our tax dollars?

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Posted : February 4, 2013 6:35 pm
rotorhead
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Alana, I was suggesting something simple enough for the government to operate and inexpensive enough for their budget. Maybe they could afford to operate the ferry I suggested at a profit. They would just have to get a waiver from the Coast Guard for safety and seaworthiness inspections, but getting waivers is something that the government is good at. Also they would need old spare tires to hang around the ferry so they could bounce off of any reefs and islands that they might encounter.

You guys already have the Bomba Express to Tortola, Now you have the BooBoo Express to STX.

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Posted : February 4, 2013 8:52 pm
speee1dy
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the ferry that was from boston was reliable and the service was nice.. there was a problem i think, with the government which is why they are not here any more. the ride over was nice and not too long.

the one after that was not reliable

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Posted : February 7, 2013 6:40 pm
rotorhead
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The government decided to perturb free enterprise and awarded an "exclusive" ferry contract to their friends. Who of course, are as incompetent as our government. End of ferry service!

"The V.I. Public Services Commission will begin hearings Aug. 16 on whether to remove the St. Croix-St. Thomas ferry route from V.I. SeaTrans for abandonment of the franchise, according to PSC Vice Chairman M. Thomas Jackson’s testimony during Senate budget hearings Tuesday."
http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2012/07/31/psc-hold-august-hearings-st-croix-st-thomas-ferry-route

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Posted : February 7, 2013 6:43 pm
dbwilk
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When the ferry was running, what was the ticket price to STX from STT? Anyone remember?

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Posted : February 7, 2013 9:52 pm
rotorhead
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St. Croix: Christiansted, St. Croix - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

This ferry departs from the Marine Terminal in Gallows Bay on St. Croix and the Marine Terminal in Charlotte Amalie (next to Seaplane Terminal) on St. Thomas. Arrival should be at least 45 minutes prior to departure. Photo Id required.

V.I. SeaTrans
Rates: Adults/$50 one-way, $90 roundtrip. Children 3-11/$45 one-way, $80 roundtrip. Children under 2 years old/$10 one-way, $20 roundtrip.
Telephone: (340) 776-5494

Time: 90 minutes.

http://www.vinow.com/general_usvi/interisland_ferry/#stcroix

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Posted : February 7, 2013 10:27 pm
2usvinuts
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If your going to have a ferry system that is used for transportation between STT and STX it would need to be subsidized especially with the high costs of fuel among other things,

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Posted : March 5, 2013 11:15 pm
rotorhead
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All it takes is for the gov/senate to make some calls and establish a properly run government transit authority to run it?

http://news.yahoo.com/alaska-borough-wants-away-expensive-ferry-222717872.html/blockquote >

From your mouth to their ears!
http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2013/03/19/alaska-ship-may-be-answer-st-croix-st-thomas-ferry-route

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Posted : March 20, 2013 5:19 pm
LiquidFluoride
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I've seen the ferry, it's pretty amazing,, sat idle for a long time in alaska costing like 90k a year in maintence/insurance.

if the VI gets it that's one impressive piece of equipment.

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Posted : March 20, 2013 6:48 pm
VT2VI
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That's one heck of a boat. I hope it goes through, you guys need it! (tu)

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Posted : March 20, 2013 7:07 pm
IslandHops
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All it takes is for the gov/senate to make some calls and establish a properly run government transit authority to run it?

http://news.yahoo.com/alaska-borough-wants-away-expensive-ferry-222717872.html/blockquote >

From your mouth to their ears!
http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2013/03/19/alaska-ship-may-be-answer-st-croix-st-thomas-ferry-route/blockquote >

That bloody Malone character absconds with all my good ideas - even if it takes him a month and a half to catch up.
I wish he'd stop reading my posts, or at least give IslandHops some credit. 😎

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Topic starter Posted : March 20, 2013 7:36 pm
Alana33
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The ferry will only be as good as the crew that drives and maintains it and we all know how that can go!
Plus it will probably cost twice as much since we all know our Government cannot resist throwing our money away or making bad deals.

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Posted : March 20, 2013 8:24 pm
Linda J
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Sad truth is that it is not economically practical to run ferry service between STX and STT without government subsidy. Operators who have tried have failed.

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Posted : March 21, 2013 3:53 am
VT2VI
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Maybe if some of that 250mil that went to Egypt went to the isles? *-)

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Posted : March 21, 2013 9:21 am
IslandHops
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Maybe if some of that 250mil that went to Egypt went to the isles? *-)

If only we could build some pyramids. And to clarify for any senators who may be reading this, I'm not talking about the financial ones!

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Topic starter Posted : March 21, 2013 11:57 am
VT2VI
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That's the saddest part. We have an abundance of cash to throw at other countries but cant support our own. Or won't I should say. Unless of course you own a multi billion dollar corp that is failing. Then you get a bail out so you can keep your 20mil year end bonus.

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Posted : March 21, 2013 12:02 pm
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