1999-07-03 / Front Page

Stabile Says: ‘Ferry Good News For Rockaway’

Calling it a move to "bring Rockaway out of the dark ages of transportation," Council Member Al Stabile released the ferry feasibility study he just received from the Port Authority. Local officials and residents have mentioned that a ferry would improve transportation and potentially help the economy of the Rockaways.

Potential ferry landings that have been identified by the Port Authority include Rockaway Point/Coast Guard, Beach 116 street, Vernam Basin, Sommerville Basin, Mott Basin, Conch Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Barren Island Marina, DEP filtration plant at Beach 108 street, and next to McDonald’s on Beach Channel drive and Beach 91 street.

Running time of a ferry leaving Beach 116 street to Manhattan was estimated at 37 minutes; from Rockaway Point, 32 minutes; from Mott Basin, 52 minutes; and from Barren Island, 31 minutes.

"This ferry {study} represents a tremendous opportunity for the Rockaway community to finally see a drastic improvement to their transportation services," said Stabile.

This study estimates that there are presently more than 1,300 Rockaway commuters daily who would use the service to travel to lower Manhattan each day, with more than 3,700 traveling to midtown. The ferry will have many Manhattan terminal sites, including the World Finance Center, Slip 5, Pier 11, West 38 street, West 60 street and a stop at City Hall.

For those who presently commute to Manhattan by auto, the study states the average time factor is between 60-90 minutes, with a cost of about $30-$40. Using the bus takes between 75-90 minutes, with a cost of $6.00. Subway riders can expect to spend 45-90 minutes on the rains and their expenses are about $3.00. "These figures represent the average cost to travel," said Stabile, "in some instances the ferry will average out to a higher cost but the time factor is reduced and the convenience factor greatly increased."

Stabile said that plenty more needs to be done, with the next steps including bringing elected officials together, outreach presentations, property owner identification, and finally the financial analysis.


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