Peaks Island Ferry Landside Operations Study

In September 2019 the City of Portland, in collaboration with Casco Bay Lines, began work on the Peaks Island Ferry Landside Operations Study.  The study examined infrastructure in the vicinity of the Peaks Island ferry landing and the potential effects of existing and future trends in ridership and use.  The study’s goal was to find opportunities to improve the accessibility, safety, and efficiency of the Peaks Island landing and develop a menu of strategies that address issues identified over the course of the study.

The study consisted of three phases: 

•    Phase 1 looked at existing passenger, vehicle, and freight use of the Peaks Island ferry and the infrastructure serving it. Data was collected on Peaks Island in advance of and during the busy Labor Day Weekend in 2019 and past data collection efforts were reviewed.  

•    Phase 2 looked at trends in levels of passengers, vehicles, and freight as well as the potential influences of vessel capacity and the growth in activity on Peaks Island and projected the impacts of future demand. 

•    Phase 3 developed recommendations through additional analysis and public involvement, including a survey and a public meeting. The presentation from the meeting can be found here.  The recording of the meeting can be found here.  A summary of comments, questions and polling results during the meeting can be found here.   

Ultimately, the study culminated in a final report, completed in the summer of 2021. 

If you have questions about the study, please send an email to Bruce Hyman, Transportation Program Manager at the Department of Planning and Urban Development, bhyman@portlandmaine.gov