One of the ferries that carried traffic from Anne Arundel County to Kent Island before the construction of the Bay Bridge, seen in 1950 or 1951.
One of the ferries that carried traffic from Anne Arundel County to Kent Island before the construction of the Bay Bridge, seen in 1950 or 1951. (Baltimore Sun Media Group)

With the state spending $5 million just to find a new site for a third bridge over the Chesapeake Bay, you would think that they could budget a small amount to study the possibility of a pedestrian and bike ferry from the Inner Harbor to Rock Hall (“A third Chesapeake Bay bridge is no road to the future,” Feb. 19). This is not an original idea. Oldtimers can remember the Tolchester ferry that went from Baltimore to an amusement park just north of Rock Hall. Changing demographics and environmental factors call for a rebirth of the ferry.

There a growing car-less culture in the city who rely on bikes, rental cars and public transportation. For them, the flat Eastern Shore would be a cyclist’s paradise. Those wishing to travel further could rent a car in Rock Hall.

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I will bet that the many retirees on the Eastern Shore who eschew the long and perilous drive over the Chesapeake Bay bridge would love the ferry alternative. They could enjoy all the Inner Harbor area with the great variety of food and cultural opportunities. They would also be able to avail themselves of the medical services of Johns Hopkins and other hospitals.

Let's bring back the ferry. It is time to think outside the bridge.

Jim Apgar, Catonsville

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