MHA research commuter ferry as alternative transportation on reservation

Published: Oct. 27, 2016 at 5:38 PM CDT
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The Three Affiliated Tribes are working toward creating a commuter ferry to make crossing the reservation easier.

From Parshall to New Town the commute can take more than two hours when the distance between the two is actually only 10 or 12 miles. MHA says another bridge in the are would be too costly, so they are discussing a ferry as an alternative option.

"That's not just an inconvenience for people who want to see community members or family members, it's a tragic situation when it comes to law enforcement, tragic when it comes to health care and emergency response. A lot of people don't know, we literally can have people die because we don't have an ability to get from one area to the next very easily around here," says Chairman Mark Fox, Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman.

The project is in the early stages of researching to see if it is feasible and effective. If so, the seasonal ferry could start running as soon as next spring.