RFP Released to Study Eastside Ferry Access

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The city is listening to requests for ferry access on the east side of the peninsula. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) released a Request for Proposals for a consultant to study the feasibility, ridership potential and level of community interest in ferry terminal locations west of Beach 84th Street and the improvements needed to construct a permanent ferry terminal.

The RFP would require the consultant team to conduct a project consisting of site selection and scoping; design; environmental review, permitting, and approvals; and construction assistance. EDC anticipates the first phase of the project to start by May 2016 and be completed by March 2019. The total project cost is estimated to be $3,300,000. This money comes from the $15 million that was earmarked for the ferry by Congressman Anthony Weiner in 2005. The funding secured for this project was a result of the advocacy of Congressman Gregory Meeks.

“I welcome the announcement of a Request for Proposal (RFP) by Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which signals the early stages of finally welcoming back the Rockaway Ferry to our communities,” Congressman Meeks said. “It has been a little over a year since the last ferry left the Rockaways bound for Manhattan and our communities know first-hand what a successful ferry service can mean for expanded job opportunities off the peninsula and reduced congestion and commute times. I have long advocated for the permanent extension of the Rockaway Ferry system and believe that this essential travel option will ensure that all residents have an additional option for getting back and forth to work, shopping, sight-seeing, and visiting friends and family in other boroughs.”

The deadline to submit the RFP is April 8 at 4 p.m. The full RFP may be viewed at http://www.nycedc.com/opportunity/planning-design-and-engineering-services-rockaway-ferry-landings-rfp.

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