2010-03-19 / Letters

Still Trying To Save The Ferry

Dear Editor,

A group of faithful riders of the Rockaway ferry are actively pursuing saving this strategic service to our communities. I understand that you are not totally against a ferry service, but stated the Economic Development Corporation “set this experiment up to fail.” I agree that improvements need to be made; however, we have a much better chance if the service is still operating and as you have powerful voice in our community we need your assistance now. It would be very difficult to reinstate any kind of ferry service once this present one becomes defunct. Eighteen long years had passed from the prior service until the ferry started on May 12, 2008. While in service there is always hope of improving present conditions whereby the various politicians and pertinent City agencies could brainstorm and work together for more improved service for their constituents. Through this consortium no agency would have the power to “set something up to fail.” Reverting to “Square One” is not in the commuters’ best interest as the fight has to be fought all over again and would most likely be in the very distant future, if ever.

We need to have a ferry service from the Rockaways to Manhattan and we should all be trying to save this service now. The ridership has grown since its inception as more and more people have discovered this wonderful, tension free and “Blue/Green” mode of transportation. As the service grows less and less people will have to suffer through the arduous trip on the A train along with the stress of driving into Manhattan, enduring the Belt Parkway/Gowanus and the BQE and either the traffic congestion on the Brooklyn Bridge or tension that arises from the possibility of getting stuck in the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Thank you for allowing me to express my point of view.


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