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NYC's Rockaway Ferry Service Will Continue...For Now

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Rockaway residents taking the Seastreak ferry to work every morning from Rockaway Park, Queens to Lower Manhattan. Rockaway residents taking the Seastreak ferry to work every morning from Rockaway Park, Queens to Lower Manhattan. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The commuter ferry serving a Queens neighborhood devastated by superstorm Sandy will continue for at least four more months—but the cost to ride it will rise.

On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the ferry—slated to cease service at the end of this month—would be extended through May, with an option to extend further until August.

"In the meantime," he said, "we're developing a request for proposals...to see which providers might be able to continue the service going forward on a cost-efficient basis, and a basis that can serve the people of the communities well but also protect the taxpayers interests. So we're definitely going to take it through May and see what makes sense from there to do."

The weekday service will continue to run on its current schedule  between the Rockaways and Lower Manhattan with stops in Sunset Park and Bay Ridge. Currently, it costs $2 each way, but will increase to $3.50.

This latest iteration of the Rockaway ferry began in November 2012, after Sandy knocked out subway service to the peninsula. It's now been extended four times—most recently last fall, to help cover the R train outage due to a Sandy-related tunnel repair.

The ferry has carried more than 200,000 passengers since it was launched.

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Comments [5]

Gloria from Rockaway Beach

I take this ferry everyday and it is always packed..picture tells nothing.they take the picture way before it gets packed FYI!!!

Feb. 02 2014 07:07 AM
Chris from Rockaway, NY

Joseph Wall, you don't know anything. That ferry is packed when it leaves Rockaway at 5:40 am every weekday, and more packed on the rush hour ride home. Don't believe everything you see, for all you know, the picture above was taken just as the boat was being loaded. Like Dan said, do some research.

Jan. 29 2014 01:49 PM
Dan from Rockaway Park Queens

Joseph you have no idea what the ridership is. I would research before making a comment. The reason it's still here is because it has the numbers needed. Read some of the Queens papers and you will gain the knowledge you need on the Rockaway Ferry thanks.

Jan. 22 2014 11:10 PM
JOSEPH P. WALL from JOSEPH P.WALL,Pelham Bay Bronx

The picture you have shown in this story only has two people riding in this particular ferry route. Not enough argument to keep this ferry route going. Rather, if this ferry picture had the ferry boat at least half full of passengers, it would have been more of a convincing argument to keep this ferry route up and running. You just don!t keep a ferry route around for a couple of people. Even more people I think need to start riding this new ferry route for it to stay around.After all, the ferry company running this ferry route at some time must pay its bills too. At the same time, new ferry routes are being planned which would start and link The Bronx with Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn too.

Jan. 22 2014 03:12 PM
The Rockaway Committee To Save The Ferry from Rockaway Park Queens, NY

Kate,

Thanks for the write up on the Ferry....

Jan. 22 2014 12:08 PM

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