Reopen the Essex-Charlotte ferry crossing

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On March 18th, Lake Champlain Transportation (LCT) made the following announcement:

Our highest priority is to continue ferry service between Vermont and New York. With the traffic significantly reduced at both crossings, it is necessary to mobilize all of our resources to sustain service at the Grand Isle/Cumberland Head Crossing.

We recognize that this is not an ideal situation, however, these are highly unusual times. We are temporarily suspending service between Charlotte and Essex until further notice effective at end of schedule on Thursday, March 19th.

This is a fluid situation and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

This is an unacceptable closing of a very important crossing between Essex, NY and Charlotte, VT. We respect that the volume of traffic may be down, but many rely on this crossing as a landline to VT for medical appointments and work related needs. LCT keeps the ferry open in the winter with far less traffic and in much icier conditions. We IMPLORE LCT to reopen the crossing and help VT and NY residents to stay connected as needed between our two states. LCT - reopen the Essex-Charlotte ferry crossing now!