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Commuting ... at a snail's pace

"I'm not sure what the answer will be," she admitted. "I don't know about the feasibility of running another ferry in the canal. It is pretty congested now with two."

LCT Manager Margaret Murphy agreed that putting a third ferry in the rotation would only create gridlock. The company also does not have another ferry available at this time.

"Three boats there would be on top of each other," she said. "I think they would be forced to travel down or up the lake to stay out of the way of one another."

That scenario would also likely impact other boat traffic, she added.

Murphy said the last two weeks in July and first two in August are traditionally the busiest time of year for the ferry service.

She anticipates the problem to lessen in the fall.

"It will die down in September," she said. "In the meantime, we work as efficiently as we can."

The ferry service between Crown Point and Chimney Point, Vt. is a 24-hour service. There is no charge at the crossing, as the service is subsidized by the two states.

While Martin said she appreciates not having to pay to cross, she said she is forced to at times when trying to make a tight schedule.

"It certainly is easier to stick to a schedule when I cross in Charlotte," she said. "But, at $18 for a round trip, it gets expensive."

"I wouldn't be able to do it every day," she added.

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