Addabbo Calls For Ferry Improvements


As the NYC Ferry system continues to grow in popularity, NY State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is advocating for making the service even better.

As the state legislative session starts, Addabbo wants to begin discussions to have the ferry system provide free transfers for riders that can be used on all MTA buses and trains. Right now, passengers have to pay a $2.75 fare for a one-way ticket on the NYC Ferry, and an additional $2.75 for any MTA bus or train they wish to use.

 “As the MTA continues to work on the next generation of the MetroCard, I ask that they take into consideration the growing number of people who use the NYC Ferry,” Addabbo said. “With the number of passengers on the NYC Ferry likely to increase in the coming years, it would be a major benefit for the riders if they could continue their route by using a free transfer onto an MTA-operated bus or train. Joining these parts of our city’s public transportation system will help everyone travel faster.”

Additionally, Addabbo intends to contact the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) about possibly expanding its ferry bus service to the residents in Broad Channel and Howard Beach.

“Currently, residents of Broad Channel who drive and park their cars before boarding the NYC Ferry in the Rockaways can do it for free, while residents of Howard Beach who wish to do the same are inundated with the toll for crossing the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge,” Addabbo said. “I would like to see the ferry buses expanded to Broad Channel and Howard Beach.”

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