2002-04-27 / Letters

Ferry from JFK?

Ferry from JFK?

This is a letter sent to Council Members Joseph Addabbo and James Sanders

Dear Council Members Addabbo & Sanders,

It was great to read in recent Wave articles of your cooperation on matters that affect us all on the Rockaway Peninsula.

Like you, I'm always concerned about my daily commute to Manhattan. It's usually terrible, so bad so that reading The NY Times & Wall Street Journal cover to cover is no longer a personal quest.

Like you, I think a ferry service would be great. However, I think the economic realities of a service serving just a few hundred people every day is not that economical & will be resisted by for-profit ferry services.

I have a suggestion for you. Why not broaden the pool of potential users and, coincidentally, create a great new service?

Commence the half-hour ferry service, not from Rockaway, but at JFK airport. The commute from Kennedy to Manhattan can be a nightmare, and I think tourists and business people alike might enjoy and prefer a more watery route. The ferry fare from JFK could be something like $20 (a good deal, by the way!), and the MTA fare from Rockaway (the only stops on the ferry) might be something like a double fare (that is $3.00, as it is on the express buses).

I fully understand you and the City of New York would need to cooperate with the Port Authority & the various airport authorities, and I'm sure that would be a nightmare…but worth doing! I also understand that the Cab & Limousine Commission might be upset with a competing commuter alternative, but our visiting businesspeople and tourists are a vital link to NYC's prosperity and should be served as best we can.

This all presumes there is available and easily accessible docking service at JFK airport. That I don't know, but think might be worth investigating.


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