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Rockaway ferry service no longer funded


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The city has left Rockaway Ferry service dead in the water.

The $75 billion budget the City Council approved on Thursday had $2 million for the extension of ferry service through October but after that there is no more funding.

“I am severely disappointed in Mayor de Blasio and the Economic Development Corporation for ignoring the transit needs of southern Queens and Rockaway families,” Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder said in a statement after the budget was approved. “Like every other borough in the city, we deserve an affordable, efficient and reliable means of transportation.”

The ferry service began after a bridge connecting the A train and the Rockaways collapsed in Superstorm Sandy. In a letter signed by all five borough presidents before the budget was approved, the politicians urged the City Council to put more funds in the service to make it a “major form of transportation.”

 

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Rockaway Ferry service extended to May


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Residents on the peninsula no longer will experience the dreaded end of the Rockaway Ferry. The water service has been extended until May.

“While the Rockaway Ferry service began as an emergency measure, serving residents after Hurricane Sandy devastated other public transit options, it has since proved to be a valuable part of the city’s transportation infrastructure,” said Kyle Kimball, NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) president.

The ferries, which connect Beach 108th Street, the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Lower Manhattan, were slated to end Jan. 31, but will continue throughout the next several months with an option to extend further until August.

However, instead of $2 one-way tickets, the price to ride will be $3.50.

The EDC will additionally determine the viability of long-term service and identify a ferry operator.

Next month, the EDC will issue a Request for Proposals to make this determination, which will monitor ridership during the extension and show whether an additional extension to August is necessary.

This is the fourth extension of the ferry since its initial launch in November 2012, and since then it has carried more than 200,000 passengers.

“We are committed to the Rockaways’ recovery. From accelerating rebuilding programs to today’s ferry extension, we are going to keep our focus on communities hit hard by Sandy to ensure no one is left behind,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

 

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Rockaway ferry service extended through Labor Day


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Rockaway residents rejoice: ferry service has now been expanded through to Labor Day.

The weekday ferry service between the Rockaways and Lower Manhattan will continue to operate on its current schedule, now all the way through early September.

“Continuing [the ferry’s] operation through Labor Day weekend is critical in addressing transportation needs and an integral piece of the rebuilding and revitalization puzzle,” said State Senator James Sanders. “It’s a valuable tool for getting hard working people to their destination, including their places of employment.”

Ferries will continue to depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and stop at Pier 11 in downtown Manhattan, with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street. The service will continue to start in the Rockaways at 5:45 a.m. and depart regularly until 9:20 a.m. Regular service will resume during the evening rush, and one-way fares will remain $2.

Additionally, beginning July 4th, enhanced weekend service will launch between the Rockaways and Pier 11 every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day. The city has also agreed to assist in subsidizing an additional boat to expand the service. Weekend service may be altered based on ridership demand.

Since the ferry’s opening in November following Sandy, average ridership is roughly 700 passenger trips a day.

“The Rockaways was hit hard by Sandy and it needs all the help it can get to get back on track,” said Councilmember James Vacca, chair of the Council Committee on Transportation. “The continuation and expansion of the ferry service will provide much-needed relief for residents and small business owners who are hard at work in rebuilding a stronger Rockaway.”

Visit newyorkbeachferry.com for a full list of schedules and fares.

 

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Rockaway Ferry service extended for at least six more weeks


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Though the A train is returning to the Rockaways tomorrow, the ferry is still going to continue, at least until July.

Rockaway Ferry weekday service between the peninsula and Manhattan has been extended for the next six weeks, with the possibility of continuing through Labor Day weekend, city officials announced Tuesday.

The ferry will also start an additional one service run in each direction every Saturday and Sunday, from July 4 through Labor Day, and will now also stop at Beach 108th  Street.

“The continuation of the weekday service will give Rockaway residents another transportation option, and the expanded summer weekend service will make it easier for visitors to get to the Rockaways, bringing additional economic activity to the beaches throughout the summer season,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The service will be extended through the end of the summer “if ridership remains strong,” according to officials.

After Sandy damaged the A train and cut off service past the Howard Beach/JFK Airport stop, the city provided several transportation options for residents served by the portion of the subway that was no longer running.

One of those options included ferry service between Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive in the Rockaways, and Pier 11/Wall Street and East 34th Street in Manhattan.

Even with the return of full A train service, there is support to make the ferry permanent, including from Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder

A petition he started to keep the boat running gathered 2,000 signatures in three days.

 

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