Stillborn.An Open Letter To Anthony Weiner
An old political ploy: get money allocated for a popular project, vis-à-vis, the Second Avenue subway, make the project fail and then use those funds for self serving reasons. Either by design or ignorance, that will be the fate of the Rockaway-Manhattan Ferry as it is proposed.
One boat, with two trips in and two trips out of Manhattan is a recipe for failure and a reason, after a season, to say "we gave it a test and it didn't work." Let's have a real test and let's have a real alternate commute.
The full proposal, as I understand it, is for three boats. With three boats, we could have six runs in the AM and six runs in the PM, some of which could reach midtown. The ferry could be used not only for work but for pleasure, matinees, shopping, etc. Shuttles draw ridership. The closer we can come to offering a shuttle, the better chance we have for success. Look at the air shuttles to Boston and Washington and rail service: more schedule means greater ridership.
Congressman Weiner, give your constituents a bang for their tax buck and get the three boats, make a schedule that's realistic and convenient, make a real difference in our lives and don't have this ferry idea stillborn.