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There is money available to support a ferry to northeast Queens (“Public feedback could bring ferry to NE Qns,” Bill Parry -- Sept. 28). All Mayor Bill de Blasio has to do is ask NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to submit grant applications to both the Federal Transit Administration Passenger Ferry Program and New York state Department of Transportation.

Why not apply for capital grants from the New York state Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration to assist in funding? NYCDOT does this and receives tens of millions of dollars on an annual basis on behalf of the Staten Island Ferry.

Albany also provides State Transportation Operating Assistance for transportation systems such as the Staten Island Ferry along with local share against federal grants.

Ridership on any transit service generates yearly federal transportation formula capital assistance. Numerous past private ferry operators have come and gone. They could not financially survive based upon farebox revenue alone without government subsidy.

MTA bus, subway and commuter rail, along with the Staten Island Ferry is subsidized by a combination of city, state and federal assistance for both capital and operating costs. All of these proposed new ferry services will require similar subsidies if they are to survive.

Riders could purchase weekly or monthly passes for discounted fares. These could be supplemented by using Transit Checks which will further reduce the cost per ride.

Riding a ferry can be less stressful than being packed in a subway car like sardines in a can or stuck on a bus running late in traffic not moving.

Larry Penner

Great Neck

Posted 12:00 am, October 15, 2018
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Reader feedback

The Venerable Stan from Flushing says:
Hey Larry, Have you ever been on a ferry on choppy waters & with an adverse wind? It's a hell of a lot worse than being on a bus that is not moving!
Oct. 16, 12:59 am
Neville Harvey from Bayside says:
Commuting to Manhattan from NE Queens over the past ten or more years has only gotten worse. With increased ridership and lack of required capital improvements and investments, the existing 50 year plus infracture cannot effectively service the current ridership demand. The existing options are all problematic: the bus to 7 Train option is slowed by connecting at an over congested Main St. to an overcrowded and often slow moving 7 Train; the LIRR option is expensive and is not effective for east side and downtown commuters; and Express Busses are also expensive and subject to rush hour traffic congestion. The ferry option has been successful in other parts of the City. Ferry service to N E Queens seems to be a desirable option for suffering commuters of N E Queens, particularly if existing facilities at Fort Totten could be put to good use. This could prove to take some of the load off the currently overburdened bus and rail systems at least until bigger future plans materialize. Hopefully!!!
Oct. 16, 12:48 pm
The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
The next Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA, in terms of expanding a ferry system network in that matter.
Oct. 19, 5:09 pm

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