BAR HARBOR — Friends of Acadia (FOA) is paying $37,000 for a “feasibility and management” study to find out what an ideal ferry service between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor would look like.
The study, which is to be completed by the end of the year, is considering factors such as “what kind of boat to use, what docking locations would be ideal and what the frequency of service should be,” said Stephanie Clement, conservation director at FOA.
She said the study was prompted by the expected increase in travel across Frenchman Bay related to the new Schoodic Woods Campground, which opened last month, and programs at the Schoodic Education and Research Center.
Conducting the study for FOA is Pat Christian, a consultant with Whitman, Requardt and Associates, which has an office in Ellsworth. He previously worked with Casco Bay Lines and recently completed a harbor study in Baltimore.
“I have no idea what Pat’s recommendations will be,” Clement said.
“The goal is not to compete with any pre-existing services. FOA is not planning on running any ferry services. We just wanted to facilitate a complete look.”
She said FOA will share the consultant’s findings and recommendations with Acadia National Park and towns on both sides of Frenchman Bay, as well as with “current ferry operators and any future ferry operators.”
“We just want to share the information broadly and hope that excellent service can be implemented all around.”