Bad news for whoever has a soft spot for the Rochester to Toronto ferry bought by that US city's Council just this spring:
The city had set aside an $8-million cushion but had to borrow an extra $2-million from ferry operator Bay Ferries Ltd. to keep afloat. On Tuesday night, the City Council voted 7-2 to borrow $11.5-million more to keep the ferry in business next year. Bought for $32-million at auction, the five-story-tall ferry was re-launched June 30 after running for just 11 weeks in 2004...Fewer than 100 passengers had boarded the 774-seat ferry on sailings last month.I really hope that that was a 100 person per sailing average but, still, there are big problems with spending or borrowing 21 million within the first year on a 32 million investment. To put that in context, 53 million USD is the equivalent of 13.7% of the entire budget [Ed.: watch it - there's a .pdf under that there link] for the city for the year 2004-05.