Unlike your article recently, I have rarely known the ferry to be undependable ("Officials: Ferries on schedule, but captains in charge," The Daily News, Jan. 4). I ride frequently and would say they are on time 99 percent of the time. And, when they're a little late it's pretty obvious why; fog, stalled car on deck...

While I'm at it, let me praise the crews, both on the boats and off. They are efficient, safe, professional and polite. And how would you like to be a deckhand in 35 degree weather headed north across the channel into a 25 mph wind.

Kudos to the ferry team and keep up the good work.

Lastly, the ferry tower phone number is 409-795-2230. It is answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The ferry tower is that tall building on the Galveston side that looks like an airport control tower. It is the nerve center of ferry operations and they will tell you what's going on.

Ray Hensarling



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John Merritt

I agree that the Ferry workers deserve our appreciation. The Ferry is a wonderful, well run, asset to our island. I do believe that the public does not know the number to call, and most of the time, blindly gets into the ferry line hoping for the best. I have a suggestion concerning that issue. Houston Transtar has a partnership with Texas DOT to provide Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) to manage freeway transportation. The DMS on the Gulf Freeway frequently informs the public about the Ferry wait. There is another sign on I 10, just before Winnie. If the Ferry management would use that sign to tell us about unusually long Ferry waits, then I believe that many people headed for the Ferry would continue on I 10 to Houston, thus reducing the length of the line. I hope this can happen in the future.

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