1/23/20 With the holidays approaching and people considering travelling, CTC would like to remind our passengers of the ongoing effects of Covid-19 on our service. Please click here for our latest update.
Please click here for a notice regarding upcoming trip cancellations due to extreme low tides.
The November newsletter and November and December Crew Assistance/Trip Cancellation schedules are now posted on this page.
For details regarding the Maine Economic Recovery Grant CTC has been approved to receive, please click here.
Please see a notice announcing 8:15 water taxi service from Cousin's Island to the Stone Pier here. The notice also includes detailed instruction on how to use this service.
To view a letter from CTC updating the community on the board's review of possible schedule changes and their effects on staffing and finance please click here.
The October newsletter and October and November crew assistance schedules are now posted on this page.
After receiving feedback from a few island residents, the CTC board has directed management to review possible schedule changes and their effects on staffing and finances during these challenging times.
The review will be completed as soon as possible.
The September CTC Board meeting will be on 9/17 at 7 PM.
To join the meeting on Zoom.us, use meeting ID 83795662325
On 8/25 at 4 PM, Board President John Rent and Clerk of the Corporation Lew Holman oversaw the count of votes for the 2020 CTC Annual Members’ Meeting. Results were as follows:
1. Approve minutes of the 2019 Annual Members’ Meeting: Yes-87, No-1
2. Approve Treasurer’s Report of 2019 financial results: Yes-83, No-1
3. Election of Directors
John Rent – 106 votes Geoff Summa – 104 votes
4. Election of Clerk
Lew Holman – 105 votes
There were no write-in candidates for Director or Clerk.
The September newsletter and September and October Crew Assistance/Trip Cancellation schedules are now posted on this page.
If you missed the CTC Annual Members' Meeting, you can view the PowerPoint presentation here and hear the audio here.
Customers can now purchase ferry tickets online!
The tickets available are: child/pet (20 ride), resident/parking permit holder (10 ride), 10-ride adult, weekly commuter/frequent traveler (10 ride), and monthly commuter (unlimited).
Purchased tickets will be available on the ferry on the next scheduled ferry trip - at both Chebeague and Cousins Island.
The August newsletter and August and September Crew Assistance/Trip Cancellation schedules are now posted on this page.
The July newsletter and August Crew Assistance/Trip Cancellation schedule are now posted on this page.
The CTC Board meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM. The first agenda item is reserved for public comments.
Board meetings are currently being held via ZOOM.
To join a meeting, log on to zoom.us. Click “Join a meeting” . Enter Meeting ID 837 9566 2325.
The June newsletter and July crew assistance schedule are posted on this page.
CTC has immediate openings for part time deckhands. Please visit the Jobs page on this website for more information.
MATT RIDGWAY PROMOTION
We are extremely pleased to announce Matt Ridgway’s promotion to Assistant General Manager effective May 1, 2020.
Matt joined CTC in 2013 as a Captain after moving to Chebeague with his family. In 2016 he was promoted to Senior Captain and in 2019 to Marine Operations Manager.
Since graduating from college Matt has spent most of his time working on the water - where his travels have taken him from Nova Scotia to Venezuela and around the Caribbean. Prior to joining CTC, Matt was the Waterfront Manager at Portland Yacht Services and director of the Marine Learning Center (USCG licensing school).
In 2019 Matt played a critical role in working with Washburn & Doughty in the Independence’s construction – making regular (often weekly) trips to East Boothbay to check on progress and consult on issues. Matt’s knowledge of boats, maritime operations and the unique needs of Chebeague’s ferry service have proven invaluable to CTC and the community.
Since becoming the Marine Operations Manager, Matt has taken full responsibility for marine operations, including management of staff, scheduling, training, and overseeing maintenance. Additionally, during the last two years, Matt has trained in various aspects of managing the company. In his role as Assistant General Manager, Matt will continue to oversee the marine operations while becoming more familiar with the mainland procedures.
Matt lives on Chebeague with his wife Carrie and two children Morgan and Hannah.
Please join us in congratulating Matt on his well-deserved promotion!
The May newsletter and June crew assistance schedule are now posted on this page.
Due to anticipated high winds today 4/13, the last ferry of the day will be the noon/12:15 PM boat.
Get our updates on COVID-19 on the Home Page.
Revised schedule has been posted on the Ferry Schedule page and revised ferry fees have been posted on the Ferry Fees page.
CTC has several service changes in response to the Coronavirus. On 4/7 many changes will be implemented including reduced ferry schedule and suspension of bus service. For more information, click here.
Effective 3/25/2020, the CTC office will be closed to anyone other than CTC staff. The office manager will continue to work in the office for normal hours and can be reached by phone or email. In addition, there is a mailbox on the outside of the door where payments, etc. can be dropped off. Thank you.
The April newsletter and May crew assistance schedule are now posted on this page.
The temporary ferry and bus schedule effective 03/21/2020 is posted on the Ferry Schedule page of this website.
To view current policies regarding the coronavirus, click here.
Often passengers board the ferry significantly before departure time (30 minutes or more!). This can interrupt crew training, meetings, and cleaning.
With our expanded cleaning procedures, the crew needs all available time between boats to clean the cabin, carts, etc.
Therefore, effective immediately, passengers are prohibited from boarding the ferry more than 15 minutes before departure.
Thank you for your cooperation.
CTC school ferry trips suspended effective Wednesday 3/18.
Chebeague and Yarmouth schools are suspended effective 3/16. Consequently, the twice daily ferry trips for school children will also be suspended—but not until 3/18. The suspension will last until at least 3/27.
CTC will run the school ferry trips (leaving Chebeague at 7:05AM and at 2:50PM) on 3/16 and 3/17 in order to ensure that our passengers who normally travel on these ferries are given adequate notice.
We will provide updates as they become available.
To view CTC's response plan for the coronavirus, click here.
Some vehicles that had annual permits in 2019 are parking in our Route One lot and have not purchased a 2020 annual parking permit. These vehicles will be subject to a $100 daily fine and possible towing effective 3/15/2020.
Some people who have purchased 2020 permits at both lots have not put the permit on their vehicle. These vehicles will be subject to a $10 daily fine starting 4/1/2020 unless the owner has extraordinary circumstances (e.g. currently out of state) and contacts the office.
The Independence will undergo its 500 hour engine maintenance checkup by Cummins on Thursday March 5th. Cummins tells us it will take several hours to complete the work. Instead of cancelling ferry trips, our friends at Casco Bay Lines will once again run some ferry trips for us that day. CBL will start with the 10 AM ferry and will continue until the maintenance work is completed.
After several weeks of operating experience with the Independence, some issues that need to be addressed by Washburn & Doughty have been identified. Those will require the boat to be taken out of service on Tuesday 2/25 for part of the day. While the work is being done in Portland, CTC will be using Casco Bay Line’s to perform our ferry service. CBL will start service with the 10:00 AM ferry on 2/25. The Independence will be back in operation by the end of the day.
The March newsletter and March and April crew assistance schedules are posted on this page.
Reminder: Dogs must be on a leash and under the owner's control at all times when using CTC services.
The February newsletter and February and March Crew Assistance schedules are posted on this page.
Guess what's happening this weekend! Yes....the long awaited Independence will be put into service!!! The crew has undergone training and is anxious for her to be operational. We are still working out the timing, but don't be surprised if the next time you go to "catch the ferry" you are boarding the Independence. Captain Amanda will soon be announcing a date and time for the island to tour the boat and learn about its many safety and operational benefits/features. Our faithful workhorse, the Islander, will be hauled for its Coast Guard hull inspection and maintenance in the next few days. She deserves a rest!
The Independence arrived home at around 1 PM on Saturday 12/28. The crew is busy learning operation of our new ferry.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We are extremely excited to announce that the Independence will be coming home tomorrow, Saturday, 12/28. She will arrive at Chebeague in mid to late afternoon. She will not be put into service until the crew has been fully trained on operating her. We expect she will become our primary ferry during the week of 1/6. Shortly thereafter, the Islander will be hauled for her required hull inspection. We will plan a time when those interested can tour the boat in the next couple of weeks. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
The January newsletter and crew assistance schedule are now posted on this page.
The CTC Bus will resume operations on the 4:30PM run today - meeting the 5 PM ferry. We will run the rest of the evening.
CTC bus service is cancelled until the storm passes. We will post a notice when it resumes. Route One customers returning to the Route One lot should park at Cousins. Please car pool if possible.
Due to popular demand, CTC is changing its policy regarding deadlines for the Cousins Island annual parking permit applications. Effective immediately, the deadline will be December 1st each year. The 2020 applications must be received at the office or postmarked no later than December 1st, 2019.
The 2020 parking applications and terms and conditions are now posted on the Parking and Bus Service page of this website.
The 2019 Holiday Schedule is posted here.
The December crew assistance schedule and the November newsletter are also posted.
The 6:30AM and 7:05AM ferry (and bus) are cancelled due to high winds. We will post an update on later trips when the crew is able to evaluate the situation - closer to departure time.
The October newsletter is now posted on this page. The November crew assistance schedule is also posted.
The CTC Board Meeting scheduled for September 19th has been rescheduled until September 30th. The Meeting will be at 6:30 PM at the CTC office. As always, the public is welcome!
Restricted Parking at Cousins Lot effective 9/1/2019. Due to lack of available parking spaces, vehicles without an annual permit (Overnight or Weekday worker) will not be able to park at the lot before 7 AM for September and October.
The September newsletter is now posted on this page. The October crew assistance schedule is also posted.
The 12 noon/12:15 PM ferry WILL BE CANCELLED on Tuesday 8/13 due to the annual Coast Guard Safety inspection. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The August newsletter is now posted on this page. The September crew assistance schedule is also posted.
The bus for those attending the 7/19 launch of the Independence will meet the noon ferry and return on the 5 PM ferry - not the 4 PM ferry as previously stated.
The July newsletter is now posted on this page. The August crew assistance schedule is also posted.
CTC has opening for a full or part time deckhand. Visit the Jobs page for more information .
Reminder to our customers.
The bus service carries freight for Route One parking customers only. If you are not riding the bus, please do not load your freight on the bus at Route One to be delivered to the wharf. Thank you.
Independence launch rescheduled to 7/19.
The new CTC ferry, the Independence, launch date has been rescheduled. The launch will be at 1:30 PM on July 19th at Washburn & Doughty, 7 Enterprise Street, East Boothbay. CTC will provide free bus transportation – meeting the noon boat and returning for the 4 PM ferry. Sign up for the bus on the Islander or in the office. Launch tee shirts will be available for purchase and we will provide complimentary refreshments. Join us for this memorable occasion!
Independence Launch postponed!
Due to construction delays, the launch will be rescheduled for July. We will publish the date as soon as it is available.
Independence Launch 6/28 10:00am
Join us for the launch of the new CTC ferry, the Independence, on 6/28 at 10:00 am at Washburn & Doughty – 7 Enterprise Street, East Boothbay. CTC will provide a free bus ride to the event - leaving Cousins wharf at 8:15am and returning for the 2:15pm ferry. Help us celebrate with christening, remarks by the builder and CTC, and refreshments. And bring your checkbook to purchase a launch tee shirt! Sign up for the bus on the ferry or at the office. See you there!
Another visit to Washburn and Doughty today. Click above to see photos.
The June newsletter and July crew assistance schedule are now posted on this page.
The CTC Office will be closed on the following holidays: Memorial Day (5/27), July 4th, and Labor Day (9/2). Ferries and buses will run on their normal daily schedules for those days.
The Route One lot will be sprayed for brown-tail moth Thursday 5/16 or Saturday 5/18. This will not interrupt our bus service.
More pictures of the Independence from our visit yesterday on page above.
Check out the new pictures of the Independence above.
The Route One parking lot will be sprayed for brown-tail moth early next week - weather permitting.
The date for the May CTC Board meeting has been changed to 5/9 at 6:30 PM at the CTC office.
The May newsletter and June Crew Assistance Schedule are now available on this page.
If there is a Delayed Start at Yarmouth schools, the school boat will leave Chebeague at 9:05 AM instead of 7:05 AM. The 7:05/7:20 AM ferry will not run.
SPRAYING FOR BROWN-TAIL. During the first or second week in May, Bartlett Tree will spray the Route One lot for brown-tail moth. The spraying should be completed before the first bus of the day. The spray may get on vehicles but it will not damage the paint. Customers are urged to park in the center rows of the lower part of the lot to minimize exposure. As soon as we have a definite date, we will post it. However, it would be prudent to park away from trees beginning the end of April.
We need your help! On Wednesday, April 24th at 10 AM the Taxation Committee in Augusta will hold a public hearing on a LD 124 "An Act to Exempt from Sales Tax an Island-based Nonprofit Provider of Ambulance Services". The location is Room 127 in the State House. The bill has been introduced by our representative Janice Cooper. As everyone knows, CTC provides emergency transportation to Cousins Island 24 hours a day - 365 days per year. This service is provided at no cost to the Town or the patient.
CTC has met with the Maine Revenue Services and EMS. Unfortunately, although vessels can serve as an ambulance, the rules have not been written to allow this. Therefore, we are unable to receive that designation (which would help us become sales tax exempt) at this time.
With the delivery of the Independence in the near future, being exempt from sales tax would save our company tens of thousands of dollars!
We plan to testify before the Committee to urge passage of the bill. We would like to have as much support as possible from the Community at the hearing. CTC will provide transportation - leaving the Island on the 8 AM ferry and returning on the 2:15 PM ferry.
If you are able to attend and would like to ride our bus to the hearing, please email or call Carol or the Office and let us know. Thank you!
The April newsletter is now posted on this page. The crew assistance schedules for April and May are also posted.
Parents are reminded that they must pay for their children's ferry trips to off island activities (e.g. sport teams) or obtain tickets from the Parents Association.
ON FRIDAY 3/8 THE ISLANDER WILL RECEIVE SOME NEEDED MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE.
THEREFORE, IT IS NECESSARY FOR US TO CANCEL THE 10:00/10:15 AM FERRY ON MARCH 8TH.
THE NOON BOAT WILL RUN ON SCHEDULE.
WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE TO OUR CUSTOMERS.
The March Newsletter and April Crew Assistance Schedule are now available on this page.
The February 21st meeting of the CTC Board of Directors is cancelled. The next meeting will be March 21st at 6:30 PM at the CTC office. As always, the public is welcome!
The February newsletter is now posted on this page. Also posted is a chart of the ferry trips where the CTC crew can provide assistance to passengers moving from and to the floats from the wharves.
1/25/2019 winner of ferry naming contest!
475 people voted in the contest to name the new CTC ferry. The breakdown of the votes were:
Hamilton - 50 votes
Chebeaguer - 91 votes
Ambrose Hamilton - 93 votes
Islander II - 95 votes
INDEPENDENCE - 146 VOTES
Three people submitted the name Independence. We drew the winner from a hat - congratulations Beth Dyer!!
As of 7:30 AM we expect to run through the 10/10:15 AM and Noon ferries. It is still to early to make a decision on later ferries. For further updates, follow our Facebook page or sign up for emails and/or texts on the Cancellation page of this website. We will not be posting further weather updates to this page today.
Strong winds from SW may lead to ferry cancellations tomorrow 1/24. Cancellations would likely be mid morning to mid afternoon. We will send an update tomorrow.
The 4:45/5 PM and 7:15/7:30 PM ferry and bus are cancelled today (1/20) due to unsafe conditions on the roads and on the floats/ramps/wharves
The CTC bus is running this morning (1/20). It may be cancelled later in the day. The 10/10:15 am ferry may be cancelled due to expected storm surge at that time. A notice will be sent if bus or ferry are cancelled.
There will likely be some CTC bus trip cancellations tomorrow due to the storm. We will post notices.
Sunday's storm may force cancellation of the 10:00/10:15 AM ferry. We will send notices and post on Facebook whether or not cancellation is needed. Also, the storm surge may result in flooding near the fence at the Cousins Island parking lot. Customers may want to consider moving their cars to Route One. It would certainly help in clean up after the storm!
The first CTC bus was automatically canceled because school was canceled in Yarmouth. We are also canceling the 7:45 AM bus due to road conditions. Other buses will run on schedule.
The first CTC bus of the day was automatically canceled today (1/8) because there was a delayed start at Yarmouth schools. THE 7:45 AM CTC BUS IS ALSO CANCELED due to unsafe road conditions. The 9:45 AM and subsequent buses will run on schedule.
New photos have been added of the new ferry. Click the link above.
The CTC Board meeting has been rescheduled from 1/17 to 1/10. The meeting is held at 6:30 PM at the CTC office. The public is welcome.
There will not be bus service for the 8/8:15 AM ferry today 1/3. Service will resume for the 10;10:15 AM ferry.