Ferry Well

The Story

Mayor de Blasio recently announced that the city will expand its ferry service, adding new stops and routes, along with bigger boats, to its interborough system. With the subways in such bad shape, many transit advocates are howling about what they see as a waste of resources. But commuters need options in a transit-starved city, and it is hard to deny that the ferries are a useful alternative.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Packed: Subways delays and disruption are only getting worse. Read more.

  2. Docks: Waterfront revitalization under Michael Bloomberg’s administration brought jobs and housing to areas that can use water-oriented transit solutions. Read more.

  3. Eased: Ferry ridership, though still only a fraction of the subway’s, is higher than expected; the ferries offer a welcome transit alternative, especially for passengers in crowded subway stretches such as the 7 train between Long Island City and Manhattan. Read more.

“We can’t cram any more people onto our subways — especially at the stops closest to Manhattan, which happen to be along the water.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Ferry Foolish By E. J. McMahon (November 8, 2004)

“The largest privately run ferry service be tween New Jersey and Manhattan is seeking a financial bailout for at least some of its operations from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which already controls most of the bridge, tunnel and rail network that ferry riders are paying a premium to avoid.”

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“Landlord Robert Moskowitz claimed Hickey, whose apartment spans the entire fourth floor, had raked in some $4,500 a month via her Airbnb guests from Spain, California and New Orleans.”