Bring ferry service to NE Qns: Vallone

Councilman Paul Vallone has suggested running a ferry service to Fort Totten through Little Neck Bay.
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City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) is one of three representatives in Queens asking the city to consider expanding ferry service to two locations in the northeast part of the borough.

Vallone wrote a joint letter with his Council colleagues Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and Peter Koo (D-Flushing) addressed to Hannah Henn, director of ferry service for the city, asking the city Economic Development Corp. to conduct a pilot program that would test out the long-term viability of offering permanent ferry service from Manhattan to Citi Field in Flushing and to Fort Totten in Bayside.

The letter cites a variety of factors the Council members say support the idea of instituting a new route from Manhattan to both locations.

“We believe a combination of factors will lead to an overwhelming success of the proposed sites: the demand from local communities, economic viability, lack of transportation alternatives provided to northeast Queens and the availability of existing docks at the proposed sites,” the letter said.

The letter, officially sent from Vallone’s office, refers to a 2013 Citywide Ferry Study completed by the EDC, which mentioned Citi Field as a potential stop along a ferry route because of its vicinity to Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the World’s Fair Marina.

The letter also states that ferry service to Citi Field and Fort Totten would help alleviate some of the overcrowding on the No. 7 train, the only line to run from Manhattan to the northeastern part of the borough.

Under the plan proposed by the Council members, ferry service would be offered from the East River to the two sites in Queens separately, but no service was requested between Citi Field and Fort Totten.

The letter was sent from Vallone’s office May 20 and the Council members said they would await a response from the city.

Reach reporter Kelsey Durham at 718-260-4573 or by e-mail at

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Reader feedback

Philip McManus from Rockaway Park says:
I believe local and express ferry service should be implemented that would connect waterfront communities from Northeast Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and south Queens.

We need to expand the transit system to relieve overcrowded, dangerous and unreliable roadway, buses and trains.

We need to reuse our waterways, abandoned railway tracks, including the Queens RBL, the Triboro RX, reopen unused subway and LIRR stations and extend subways throughout the outer boroughs.

We also need a one price system within the city to encourage more ridership on subway, LIRR, and Metro-north.

We should also expand our public transit system on all roadways, highways, bridges, and tunnels.

We need to expand the transit system to accommodate present and future ridership asap.

We are not an overdeveloped city, we have a underdeveloped, aging transit system that must expand and become more modern and efficient.

Philip McManus
Queens Public Transit Committee
May 26, 2014, 3:21 pm
Louis Bailey from Mott Haven says:
Louis from the Mott Haven agrees with Phil.Our transit system is antiquated and has limited flexibility when service is disrupted as evidenced my Jurricane Sandy.Some areas are impacted more than others.Most infrastructure improvements are done in Manhattan while the outer boroughs get nothing.More commuters are commuting to the outer boroughs more than ever.It's time to show some respect to the outer boroughs
May 26, 2014, 4 pm
j.b. from Woodhaven says:
I also agree with Phil. We should leverage our ROW assets to expand subway service throughout Queens. Ferry service has a place in a rounded public transportation system.

That said, anyone saying ferry service can take the place of subway and BRT service are incorrect. The carrying capacity just isn't there, and there's generally always the issue of what to do when the ferry gets to the dock closest to a desired destination. There are rarely subway lines within easy access of a dock (Staten Island ferry terminal nothwithstanding).

Ferries have their place, but no one should go unanswered if they suggest it can substitute for the kind of mass transit carrying capacity so much of Queens desperately needs.
May 28, 2014, 10:30 am
Philip McManus from Rockaway Park says:
Dear j.b. from Woodhaven,

Please contact me so we can organize the people of Woodhaven to fight for faster transportation including the new Queens Crosstown (QRBL). We need to expand our transit system across Queens. We need to organize against years of isolationism, elitism and NIMBYISM. That's why it's takes 2 1/2 hours to travel across Queens and the City. Let us open our city to equality, opportunities and prosperity through faster transportation.

Philip McManus
Queens Public Transit Committee

God Bless all of you.
June 2, 2014, 3:36 pm
dmw from nyc-queens says:
please do this!!
Aug. 10, 2014, 12:58 pm
mike from bayside says:
I think bayside and fort totten need other ways to public transit and a ferry is excellent idea . Using waterways allows travel without building subways and train structures that can hurt our landscape..
Feb. 4, 2015, 6:09 am

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