Challenge: How Many People Cross the Waters?

Challenge: How Many People Cross the Waters?Daniel Russell knows how to find the answers to questions you can't get to with a simple Google query. In his weekly Search Research column, Russell issues a search challenge, then follows up later in the week with his solution—using whatever search technology and methodology fits the bill. This week's challenge: How many people cross the waters?

I fly in and out of Logan Airport fairly often. One of the ways I get from the airport to downtown is by taking a small boat across the water to my destination on Long Wharf.

Amazingly enough, the city actually operates a small armada of vessels to move people around the area.

Today's question is an instance of investigative reporting. Can you:

  1. Figure out what this little fleet is called?
  2. Find out the number of people carried by this small set of boats on an average weekday?

Ideally, you want to have at least 2 decent sources (And to simplify, getting an estimate from sometime in the past couple of years would be fine. Getting the numbers for 2011 would be perfect, but I'll be happy with number from 2008 or so).

As always, be sure to tell us HOW you found the answers and HOW LONG it took you to find out!

Search on!

Wednesday Search Challenge (4/18/12): How Many People Cross the Waters? | SearchReSearch


Daniel M. Russell studies the way people search and research—an anthropologist of search, if you will. You can read more from Russell on his SearchReSearch blog, and stay tuned for his weekly challenges (and answers) here on Lifehacker.

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