The ferry established to move passengers across the Winooski River while the Richmond Bridge was being repaired is about to, well, ferry its last. Yes, the bridge is reopening. But during the month-plus that it was under construction, the good folks at Local Motion facilitated a flotation device for pedestrians and bicyclists to get from one side of Richmond to the other. More than 10,00 of them. Forty-one residents volunteered for 140 shifts to help load passengers and dock the boat.
A part of the town's Rural Business Enterprise grant funded the ferry, which surely was made back by enabling citizens to shop and dine downtown. "We were thrilled by the success of the ferry," said VT Rep. Anne O'Brien, who noted that it kept the town united both physically and emotionally. Everyone is no doubt delighted that the bridge is back, but, she added, "I know many people will be said to see the ferry come to an end."
Too bad both options can't coexist!
The town bids farewell to the ferry with a few festivities this Friday, June 19:
6 p.m. The Highland Weavers perform at the Richmond Farmers Market, after which there will be an official thank-you to ferry captains, deck ahnds and other supporters, at Volunteers Green. 8 p.m. Following the the last ferry ride, everyone can enjoy a dessert party and live music from Ray Vega's Jazz Quartet at On the Rise Bakery.
Media are invited to interview passengers 2:30-6:30.
Congrats to Local Motion and a cool community.