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Stamford looking into high-speed ferry into Manhattan


City officials are once again looking at the possibility of having a high-speed ferry from Stamford to Manhattan.

Currently, a person can take a train, drive or even fly into New York from Connecticut, however officials are looking at the possibility of ferry ride, which could take about 30 minutes.

"If you go to the city, it takes 45 to 55 minutes," said one Stamford rail commuter. "Plus, you wait out in the cold."

The concept of adding a high-speed ferry isn't a new idea, however, it has picked up movement recently.

Stamford is conducting a $50,000 study to look at the possibility of having a ferry take passengers from the city's south end to mid-town Manhattan or Wall Street. The service could also run to Long Island and Bridgeport.

According to Mayor Michael Pavia, one challenge with the proposed location would be the time it would take to motor out of the sound because of no wake rules in the harbor.

"I think we're talking once we get out of the inner harbor, in the open water we can hit Manhattan in 30 minutes," he said. "This is a major attraction."

Stamford has already used some federal money over the years to research the possibility of adding a ferry.

The city would have to pay nearly $200,000 back if it doesn't pursue the project.

The results of the study will back by the end of the year.

If the city, state and the federal government decided to do it, the ferry could be running within five years.

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