Passenger ferry design speeds are often specified to meet sailing schedule requirements. Passenger loading times will increase with passenger ridership over the life of the vessel requiring greater transit speeds to maintain schedule. Transit speed and loading time for existing vessels can be used to more accurately determine the required increase in speed for future operations. In this paper, GPS output from the M/V ANDREW J BARBERI is used to evaluate the vessel's average transit speed, the average acceleration when approaching and departing each terminal, and the average passenger loading time. A model of the operating profile is developed from these statistics. Using estimates of passenger loading time from future ridership projections, the design speed required to maintain a normal operating schedule is calculated for the new 4500 Class Ferry for New York City Department of Transportation, Staten Island Ferry Division.

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