Nature can be unpredictable and damaging, so it is best to be cautious and keep abreast of weather updates during dangerous weather. “Hurricane Sandy” is now affecting the East Coast, and we are certain to feel some of its effects.
Travel plans are being thwarted. I know several people stranded because of flight cancellations, but a transportation service much closer to home has experienced problems: the Essex-Charlotte ferry!
Yesterday there were delays with the ferry because of the high winds and white-capped waters, and Lake Champlain Transportation (LCT) eventually closed down ferry services early.
“The Charlotte, VT – Essex, NY ferry crossing will be closing early on Monday, 10/29. The last departure out of VT is 5:00 pm, last departure out of NY is 5:30 pm.” (LCT)
Things seem to have calmed down today, and the ferry is operating as usual. If conditions worsen as other weather effects are felt from the hurricane, then more delays may occur. Though hopefully we won’t see more damaging weather.
Late Fall Schedule Begins
Also, be aware that the Essex-Charlotte ferry crossing is operating on its early fall schedule right now, but soon it will be switching over to new hours!
The late fall schedule will begin November 5th with the ferry running on the hour. At the Essex dock the ferry will begin operating from 6:30 am-8:30 pm and at the dock in Charlotte, Vermont from 6 am-8 pm.
You can see the complete schedule on the Lake Champlain Transportation (LCT) website.
The fuel surcharge on ticket prices at the ferry was temporarily dropped as prices went down, but is back now:
Due to the increasing costs of fuel for our vessels, effective October 15th, 2012, the fuel surcharge on each ticket will increase to 3.5%. (LCT)