In Other News: Plan for Ferry to Serve MacDill AFB Moves Ahead; Ft. Drum Overcomes Complete Phone Outage

In Other News: Plan for Ferry to Serve MacDill AFB Moves Ahead; Ft. Drum Overcomes Complete Phone Outage

Plans to introduce high-speed passenger ferry service to MacDill AFB are moving forward, although the project doesn’t yet have the green light. At this time, project advocates still are trying to secure funding and working with city and county partners to obtain needed approvals for design and construction, reported WFLA. The service would connect a yet-to-be-determined point in South Hillsborough County across Tampa Bay to the base, relieving traffic congestion on clogged highways as well as lessening bottlenecks at the base’s front gates. “We look at this as a potential solution for congestion issues for our service members moving into and out of MacDill,” said Steven Bernstein, chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. … By Thursday afternoon, a majority of voice services had been restored at Fort Drum, N.Y., after the post’s entire phone system suffered a catastrophic breakdown Monday. Crews installed a new voice over internet protocol — or VOIP — system to replace the 15,000 phone lines that went out of service, reported the Watertown Daily Times. The Army is moving toward replacing aging landline systems with VOIP, so it didn’t make sense to fix the existing system, according to a spokeswoman. “This wasn’t planned,” she said.

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