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Ferry transportation services play an important role in regional transportation—providing additional transit capacity to transportation networks and serving as a lifeline for many geographically-isolated communities.

The TRB Transit Cooperative Research Program's TCRP Research Report 238: Quantitative Procedures for Designing and Operating Ferry Services presents guidance for scheduled and fixed-route ferry transit services and facilities that serve passengers as well as passengers and vehicles. Guidance focuses on defining the capacity of a ferry system and understanding capacity challenges, and includes quantitative procedures for designing and operating ferry services.

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