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New ferry operating in Westport

The ferry departs Basin Harbor at 5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. It departs Westport at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. It began operating on Oct. 26. So far, it has been met with a limited response.

"We're averaging about four to five people per trip," said Jennifer Wyman, spokeswoman for the Basin Harbor Club. "I think its been slow just because people were not sure how it was going to work."

Despite the sparse use of the ferry, none of its scheduled trips have been canceled, and feedback from passengers has been positive.

"The people who have used it have been thrilled," Wyman said. "The busses have been waiting as soon as they're getting off."

With news of the New York State government subsidizing free travel for vehicles on the Essex and Ticonderoga ferries, the feasibility for the Westport ferry to continue operation is now in question.

"The new free ferry is definitely going to change things up again," said Wyman. "They are discussing subsidizing this ferry as well, but that has not been confirmed yet."

Still, said Wyman, the Basin Harbor club is thrilled to be able to provide the ferry service as long as the need for it is there.

For more information on the Westport-Basin Harbor ferry, visit www.basinharbor.com/ferry for a full schedule and updates.

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