|Owner||Ministry of Transport|
|Number of lines||5 regional, 13 local|
|Website||You are here|
|Number of vehicles||Ferries|
|Average speed||Cruising speed|
|Top speed||Ramming speed|
The traditional form of public transport on LinuxWorks has always been the train. The train always will remain the most suitable vehicle for terrestrial transport. However, large bridges over water have historically been the norm, since there was no other way to traverse the oceans. With the invention of the ferry, there is potential to re-envision transport over water, and introduce water-based routes where they are most appropriate than land-based routes.
The aim of this project is to create a ferry network that complements and strengthens the existing public transport network over water, and to aid realism and aesthetics. Another long term goal might be cargo ships.
Initial work in this area has been small-scale and point-to-point, such as the Garden of Eden Ferry, Leekston Ferry and Willex Ferry. But there is no reason that long-distance and local ferry routes, with a number of stops, could not be made. LinuxWorks is fortunate in that most major areas are connected by water, and also in that major water-courses such as the Cleavage River (through Riverside) and the Torvalds Canal have not been built over.
The intent of the ferry network should not be to duplicate existing train services. No demolition of railways is likely to occur, since the railways link land-based destinations. But just as the train network serves as effective transport over land, the ferry network should serve as effective transport over water. The ferry network should serve to expand the accessibility of currently hard-to-access islands, and make water traversable rather than a barrier.
Having an extensive ferry network will also add the the aesthetic of LinuxWorks as a realistically-themed server. The extent to which water has been bridged over or tunnelled under with subways is very unrealistic, but without the option of ferries, there was no other effective way to provide public transport services. Given that ferries function properly, there should be no reason to use subways or extensive rail bridging when connecting archipelagos or spanning ocens, since ferries should naturally be more convenient to construct; just as in real life - the English Channel, for instance, having had ferries for much longer than the Channel Tunnel.
Much as the LinuxForks Rail services are divided into Local Lines and Express Lines, there will be local and regional ferries. The local ferries will serve areas like South Forest and Neverbuild, while a network of ferries centred on Origin will serve as tourist services and connectors between outlying islands.
- The north end of Origin, near the O1 stop Plaza de la Republica, would become a major ferry terminal.
- Land's End (West) Station will have a ferry terminal added as the junction of two regional ferry lines.
These ferries will serve local areas which are suitable for aquatic transport, and are meant as regular public transport or rapid transit.
- Garden of Eden Ferry from the terminal to Garden of Eden.
- Leekston Ferry from Leekston East Station to an island.
- Willex Ferry from Outer Limits to Willex.
- South Forest Ferry from South Forest Station to Green Edge/Henrychille to Flow's Shop. Will replace and extend a shittle.
- Neverbuild Circle Ferry to replace Neverbuild Circle Line|.
- North Harbour Ferry, calling at Origin, Anju Crossing, Stone Beach, North Harbour and finally Large Beach.
- Silver Coast Ferry, travelling between two or three stops on the river on the city's east.
- Trap City Ferry, travelling from the harbour west of the Windmill to Airport & Bikedome.
- Northern Lands Ferry, from the ferry terminal at the end of the North Harbour Plantation Line to the continent north.
- Shopping Ferry, from Stallman Square Subway Station to KDW possibly with an intermediate stop.
Regional Ferries / Cruise Ships
These ferries will travel long distances and connect major locations. They will probably be slower than trains, but they will stop at places not currently served, mostly isolated islands. They are meant for tourism and regional access, not rapid transit. It is likely all of them will originate at Origin, or barring the traversability of the Torvalds Canal, Origin for the northern services and Riverside for the southern ones. The eastern ferry is most dubious since it effectively parallels the Stallmangrad-Personhood Mainline, but it does serve islands along the way.
- Grand North Ferry: Origin to Personhood, calling at Anju Crossing, doc's area, Schwarzschild Street Station, Gardon Street Station, Mushroom Hills, a new stop on a peninsula (see map), Erstaziland, Missingno (existing Neverbuild Circle Line Station, planned ferry station), Bambus, and Roses Gardens.
- Grand South Ferry: Origin to Melinka town, calling at Coulomb Street Subway Station, Riverside (new ferry stop), Koch Boulevard Subway Station, Land's End (West) Station, Mom Junction, two new island stops, Most!, a new island stop, a beach stop and finally Melinka Town, a new ferry terminal.
- St IGNUcius Ferry: Origin to Stallmangrad & Tuxpolis, calling at Coulomb Street Subway Station, Riverside (new ferry stop), Koch Boulevard Subway Station, Land's End (West) Station, Valley of Pharaoh Station, Dubulti Station, South Forest Station, Green Edge/Henrychille, Flow's Shop, Outer Limits Station, Willex, 1-2 new island stops, Stallmangrad (new ferry terminal), Torvalds Strait, and Tuxopolis.
- Grand East Ferry: Stallmangrad to Silver Coast/ Ocean City Peninsula (new station, interchange with Grand North ferry, calling at Stallmangrad, possibly an island in stallmangrad bay, two new stops at mostly uninhabited continent west of Snow Town, then a peninsula stop, then 2 new island stops, then interchange with the Leekston Ferry, then a new island stop, then the local ferry stops in Silver Coast, then Ocean City Peninsula.
- Grand West Ferry: Origin to Trap City, calling at Coulomb Street Subway Station, Riverside (new ferry stop), Koch Boulevard Subway Station, Land's End (West) Station, a new coastal stop southwest of University Subway Station, a new island stop southwest of Mountain South Station on the mainline, a new island stop west of Mario Lighthouse, a new stop at the inhabited island west of Raja, a new uninhabited island stop, a new ferry stop near OCP, between Green Hope Station and Desert View Subway Station, then through the Torenkanaal, then a new uninhabited island stop 'Moon Island', then up the river stopping at the two Trap City ferry stops, shared with the local ferry. The service will terminate at the harbour which is on the west of Birch Bay, across the water from the Windmill.