Boomtime for Ferry Boats

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East River ferry (photo by synergii1 via Flickr)

The nation's oldest ferry may have closed this year, but more than 40 others opened their doors and docks since 2008, according to a Department of Transportation census released today. Since 2008, there has been a net increase of 60 ferry boats chugging through American waterways.

The DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics biennial study, National Census of Ferry Operators finds the United States has 233 ferry operators reaching 520 terminals in 36 states and two U.S. territories totaling almost 640 active vessels.

Want more ferry facts? Head on over to BTS' Ferry Database or this handy chart comparing ferries and all other types of transit by revenue, passenger miles, and all kinds of other transit-y variables. Geek out and let us know what you find.