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Ferry Service Resumes On Hudson

It's been decades since people could travel between two Hudson Valley communities without a car. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports that ferry service between Greene and Columbia counties resumes this summer…

Hudson Cruises owner Captain Guy Falkenheimer says the Hudson-Athens ferry is back on the river and full operations are expected to begin in June. The first ferry service between Hudson and Athens launched in 1778 - The last "official" ferry to sail the 11-mile one-way trip was in 1947.

Falkenheimer notes that the ferry - or taxi, as the locals call it -  will run from Riverfront Park in Athens to Hudson and back every Friday and Saturday, through the end of August, and he says service may be extended into the fall.

Anne Cooper is the Administrator of Tourism for Columbia County. She invites tourists to take in a variety of summer events accessible from either side of the river, thanks to the ferry service.

The ferry, named “Little Spirit,” an 18-passenger, 33-foot twin engine vessel, has been in service taking visitors on tours around the 1873 The Hudson–Athens lighthouse, which is the most northern of the remaining Hudson River lighthouses.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.