The Cities of Rochester and Toronto are once again playing with fire by soliciting private ferry operators to use the Fast Ferry terminals to begin another ferry service. Oh, crap.
You’d think that Toronto would be petitioning the Canadian government to build a wall between it and Rochester after the way things worked out, but I guess the fact that both Rochester and Toronto are stuck with otherwise-useless terminals on their shores has made the municipal governments buddies once more. If I’m not mistaken, Rochester is actually paying for leasing the Toronto terminal anyway, but lakeshore property in Toronto is some high-value stuff, so I’m sure the Toronto government has an incentive to keep it occupied.
But come on, people: if you think that any ferry service between these two cities can be maintained entirely by the private sector, you’re nuts. Show me another form of mass transit in either city that’s entirely privately funded without tax write-offs, grants and loans. And this one is going to be seasonal at best, which means a third of the profit other mass transit accrues over a year.
Please, people. I supported the Fast Ferry once. I wrote articles arguing for it’s saliency. I’ve eaten a lot of crow since then. I don’t want to look at a ferry in Rochester. Let’s just let this go away.