Ferries Getting An Upgrade

Clean-Burning Engines Coming to Historic Lynchburg Ferries

The historic Lynchburg Ferries will soon be more fuel-efficient and make an impact in improving air-quality.

Grant funds will pay the cost of replacing the engines on both the Ross S. Sterling and William P. Hobby ferries. Both boats are more than 40 years old.

The new engines are rated to save as much as 400 gallons of fuel per month for the two boats that currently use about 1,400 gallons monthly. Additionally, emissions of dangerous pollutants are expected to fall by as much as two-thirds.

The cost and installation of the engines total: $588,611.

Once the engines and parts have been shipped, the work is expected to be completed in October.

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