The Bloomberg administration and City Council have a new plan to help New York residents along the water deal with crowded subways and fewer bus routes. A new and improved ferry service is scheduled to provide all day service along the East River starting in June. The ferries are getting a guaranteed $9 million in city money, as well as city operating support for the next three years. The city’s Economic Development Corporation is running the project, and will hand the responsibility over to BillyBey, a division of New York Waterway. The ferries will supposedly run regularly, allow bikes on board, and not cost all too much. From the Times:
“There is an existing East River ferry service, run by New York Water Taxi, but it makes only a handful of runs each day, during the morning and afternoon rush…The new network will offer two additional stops in Brooklyn, at India Street in Greenpoint and at North Sixth Street in Williamsburg, and the boats will travel far more frequently, running from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. In the summer, ferries will also stop at a pier near Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and, on Fridays, make a run to Governors Island…City officials said they were hopeful that the expanded route and subsidized fares, as low as $3 a ride would foster a commuting culture…”
Well, nearly everybody I know commutes, and with a higher ticket price and, the ferries scheduled to arrive at each stop only every 20 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush times, and every half-hour at off-peak hours, it may not give the old subway the run for its money some are hoping, but who knows? With Governor Cuomo’s announcement yesterday to cut the MTA Budget by $100 million, the price of a train ticket might be three to five bucks before you know it. Looks like all our Navy surplus pea coats might start coming in handy.