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CAT resuming ferry service with reduced schedule, limited capacity

Savannah, Ga. – Chatham Area Transit will resume Savannah Belles Ferry service next Friday, May 22, under a temporary reduced schedule.

Under the reduced schedule, the water ferries will operate during a morning shift from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and during an evening shift from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The ferries will run at half their normal capacity and be cleaned after each shift in accordance with established protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The ferries provide free passage across the Savannah River between the Savannah Riverwalk and Hutchinson Island. The service, which is mostly funded by a hotel room fee, was suspended on March 28 in response to the pandemic and the implementation of shelter-in-place orders.

The ferries can be boarded along the Savannah Riverwalk behind City Hall and on the east end at Morrell Park near the Marriott Riverfront hotel. On Hutchinson Island, the boats can be boarded at the Savannah Convention Center, next to the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.

No date has been set for the resumption of the ferries regular schedule. In addition, CAT’s fixed-route buses and the CAT Mobility paratransit services continue to operate on a modified schedule, as staff develops a plan for resuming normal service levels in consultation with front-line workers, health professionals and government officials.

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