2013-04-26 / Community

Why Not Cruise To Work?

By Dan Guarino

Photo by Dan Guarino Photo by Dan Guarino Since its post-Sandy inception, the Rockaway ferry has carried thousands of peninsula commuters to Manhattan every morning and back again in the afternoon.

The ferry service began operation on Monday, November 11th, and has been providing an alternative to the still storm-closed A train subway line. It is currently subsidized by the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Four boats, operated by the Seastreak company, make daily runs between Beach 108th Street at Beach Channel Drive, Pier 11 near Wall Street in lower Manhattan and East 34th Street and FDR Drive.

The service departs the Rockaways at 5:45 a.m., 6:35 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 9:20 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:55 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Returns from East 34th Street are at 2:45 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and from Pier 11 at 6:35 a.m., 7:25 a.m., 8:35 a.m., 3:05 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:50 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.

Free parking is available at Beach 108 Street. Fares are $2 each way.

Travel time between Rockaway and Wall Street is a brisk 50 minutes. Between Rockaway and midtown: 75 minutes.

Whether for an easier commute or an inexpensive weekday cruise, many in Rockaway have taken to the ferry. Many more have agreed that it should become a permanent travel option for Rockaway residents.

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