2012-12-14 / Top Stories

Emergency Ferry Service Proves Popular

By Howard Schwach

The emergency ferry service set up to replace the disabled A Train commuter service from Rockaway to Manhattan has proved popular with local residents.

Officials say that several hundred riders use the ferry each day, paying a subsidized $2 oneway fee.

The ferry service started on November 12 and will continue, officials say, until full A Train service is resumed sometime this summer.

Ferries depart from Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive, where the Economic Development Corporation has installed a temporary landing and a parking area, and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34 Street in Midtown.

The service starts at 5:45 a.m. each work day with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 a.m., with regular service resuming during the evening rush.

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