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And the Fare is Free
The Commuter Ferry is an easy Metal Earth model with just 13 pieces on one sheet of metal. Assembled, it measures 3.32" x 0.82" x 1.17" (8.5 x 2.1 x 3 cm). Ferries are integral to the transportation systems of many coastal cities and islands.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
The world's busiest (and possibly most famous) ferry line is New York City's Staten Island Ferry, which served as the inspiration for our model. Washington state has the largest ferry fleet with 22 vessels carrying 23 million passengers a year across Puget Sound and its tributaries.
The Staten Island Ferry makes its 5.2-mile (8.4 km) run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and it runs on time an impressive 96% of the time. You can't argue with the price since New York eliminated the fare in 1997. The boats no longer take motor vehicles, but they do accept bicycles. It's been on the job since 1905, but other ferries have plied the same route since the 18th century. There have been some injuries over all those years and even a few fatalities, including two people who were killed by a deranged sword-wielding passenger in 1986, but for the most part it's a remarkably safe mode of transportation.