A) They are delighted because they can enjoy the scenery while driving.
B) They are frightened because traffic accidents are frequent.
C) They are irritated because the bridge is jammed with cars.
D) They are pleased because it saves them much time.
A) They don't have their own cars to drive to work.
B) Many of them are romantic by temperament.
C) Most of them enjoy the drinks on the boat.
D) They tend to be more friendly to each other.
A) Many welcome the idea of having more bars on board.
B) Many prefer the ferry to maintain its present speed.
C) Some suggest improving the design of the deck.
D) Some object to using larger luxury boats.
The Golden-Gate Bridge joins the beautiful city of San Francisco with the suburbs to the north. Each day about 100 thousand automobiles cross the bridge taking people to and from the city. More than half of them cross the bridge during the morning and evening rush hours. With the traffic so heavy, the trip is not pleasant(11). Now, however, there is at least one group of happy commuters. These are the people who travel under the bridge instead of on it. They go to work by boat and enjoy it so much that most of them say they will never go by car again. The ferry they take is spacious, quiet and comfortable. Commuters can enjoy the sun on deck. In the morning, they can have breakfast in a coffee shop and in the evening they can order a drink in the bar while looking at the beautiful scenery. The trip takes only 30 minutes and it's not very costly. But best of all, being on the boat seems to make people feel more friendly toward each other(12). There has already been a marriage of two commuters who met on the ferry. Because of the ferry has been so successful, there are plans to use other still larger boats. There is also a proposal for a high speed boat that will make the trip only for 15 minutes. But not everyone is happy about that. A lot of people feel that half an hour is just enough time to relax(13).
11. According to the speaker, how do the commuters feel about crossing the Golden-Gate Bridge by car?
12. What does the speaker say about ferry commuters?
13. How do commuters respond to plans for the future of the ferry?