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Ferry Traffic


Dear Sir,

Your report this week about the ferry traffic study left much to be desired.

Controversy between Cross Sound Ferry and the Town of Southold has been going on for MANY YEARS and the taxpayers of Southold have been charged MANY DOLLARS for the exercise. Now, we're throwing more money at the "problem." Is it really a problem? Or, is it pandering?

I don't have the statistics on the traffic studies that have already been done. However, I do have supportable facts which do not appear in your news reports.

1. In 1975, the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) issued a certificate to Cross Sound Ferry which, among other requirements, ordered CSF to "render continuous and adequate service to the public . . . between New London, CT and Orient Point, NY."

2. Federal and State funds have been used to improve facilities at Orient Point and New London.

3. The water route used by Cross Sound Ferry is part of the Federal Highway System so specified by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

4. Route 25 is a New York State Highway, not a Southold road.

When we have exhausted all efforts to assuage the ire of the anti-ferry groups, are we going to take on the Federal and State governments?

Editor's Note: You must be thinking about the other newspaper. We've reported all of the above in the past and our editorial position has been sympathetic to the ferry company.

ALICE HUSSIE
May 09, 2006

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