2008-08-15 / Letters

About The Ferry Service

Dear Editor,

Speaking as a Belle Harbor commuter for the last 15 plus years of my life, I feel as though I am qualified to make a judgment on how challenging it is to travel to and from this Peninsula on a daily basis.

I am beyond frustration with the extremely limited options that are available to me when I leave Manhattan after 5:30 p.m. during my regular work week. When I heard about the ferry starting up, I was all prepared to cut up my Metro-Card and celebrate never having to take the A train again. Good thing I didn't, considering the ferry was lacking a midtown Manhattan stop where I have worked for the last seven years, as well as the completely impractical departure and arrival times provided.

In a perfect world, it would be great to think that everyone works a 9-5 schedule. For most people I know in Manhattan, specifically in midtown, that is certainly not the case. For a typical midtown worker to take the 5:30 p.m. ferry, they would need to leave their office at 5 p.m. exactly. Once in a while, I am certain that would be doable, but to think that could happen the majority of the time would be unrealistic. (I won't even comment on how impractical catching the 3:30 p.m. ferry would be!)

With that said, if we are unable to get a midtown ferry stop approved, let's at least be conscious of departure and arrival times for those of us who don't have the luxury of 9-5 days or offices that are located in the downtown Manhattan area.

I propose a three month test run beginning in September with the following Manhattan departure times: Monday-Thursday: 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 3:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.; Friday-Sunday: 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.

Please note, I am appreciative of the progress Rockaway has made over the recent years transportationwise, however, let's strive to do even more, so we don't exclude those who really need it and are completely burnt out from many long years taking the A train.

LISA HAYDEN

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