2008-06-06 / Letters

25 x 6 = Discontinued

Dear Editor,

I enjoyed your article last week about the 25 riders on the early run. It really is a great ride and a pleasant alternative to every other way of getting into Manhattan. That is why it is so frustrating that it will be dead soon. Twenty-five riders at $6 each won't pay for the ferry's gas. In 2006, I actually took the ferry from Brooklyn a few times just to relax a bit. That was before the company added 20 minutes with a stop in Red Hook and then cancelled service altogether on short notice. An hour is just too long for any of us crazy enough to work in Manhattan. At the time the early run leaves I can get anywhere in Manhattan in 30 minutes by car; yes, Mr. Bloomberg by car, before the HOV lanes to the tunnel. In spite of what our Mayor thinks,

for a metro card ride

I can get to Flatbush and Nostrand on the bus and then to Wall Street by train in about an hour, at any time door to door. Not as pleasant as the ferry, but shorter and cheaper, as an everyday thing. It seems like now would be the time to provide whatever government subsidy we have in order to boost ferry ridership. Faster ferries and more runs are the key, obviously. On NY Waterway's website they list Belford, NJ as being 45 miles south of Manhattan. Belford has eight morning rush hour runs and a 50-minute trip. I emailed questions about the disparity to Prince Weiner and Duke Addabbo about two weeks ago, but of course I got no response. I guess the royals are too busy with press conferences alerting the serfs to what is being done for them. Rockaway and Manhattan are both surrounded by water. Why can't we get this to work?


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