Ferry systems can meet several different types of travel needs for coastal, river, or lakeshore communities, including daily work commutes, transportation to schools, and for recreational purposes. Ferries also serve in critical community service and public safety roles, providing emergency services to residents and visitors, offering a means of emergency evacuation, and sometime even rescuing distressed boaters.
In the global marketplace, business access to foreign markets and materials is critical for success. The future global strength of businesses will correlate with strategic infrastructure investments in transportation systems, including highways, rail, and shipping channels. Ports are a critical link in the supply chain which can be a tool for economic growth and job creation.