This has my Amtrak train scheduling cogs turning. Seeing as the Maple Leaf is a NYP <> Toronto train, does this thing have the potential to severely affect its patronage to Toronto beyond Buffalo-Niagara? From my examinations of the Amtrak's schedule from NYP to Toronto, using the ferry has the potential to shave off approximately three hours from that trip!
If Amtrak were to put a cab control or "Cabbage" car on it, I can see the potential to run it up the Charlotte Runner to the Fast Ferry's port, a back-up move back to the mainline and then on to Toronto. If Amtrak were to do a "fare-sharing" arrangement with the Fast Ferry's operating company, it could significantly boost its patronage on this train and other Empire Corridor trains.
Lyons, NY is planning to build an Amtrak station and they are getting very excited about the Fast Ferry's potential and about potential Finger Lakes area college student patronage.
Looks mighty interesting to say the least.
Richard E. "Rick" Shivik
HO D&H Champlain Division
Piedmont Division NMRA