I spent a couple of minutes on Google maps zooming in on any region that had a little commuter ferry. I then Googled what people said about them. They all seem to be money pits, requiring millions in government funding to keep them afloat. Bottom line, without big tourist revenue it must be heavily subsidized.
The Lynn-Boston, MA route looks comparable to ours.
Running a ferry, of course, is quite expensive. According to Goddard, the [Boston]-Lynn ferry cost more than $700,000 to operate, plus an additional $1,400 per trip.
Ferries rarely pay for themselves, Driscoll said. The exception is Salem, which attracts scores of visitors who, typically, don’t pay for subsidized commuter rail passes.
“That model doesn’t work if you’re just talking about commuters ... and that’s been the struggle with other places,” she said. “It’s kind of been a unique model for us because of the robust tourist industry.”