What The Mayoral Candidates Say:
Bill De Blasio: “Yes, he would commit to not cutting the ferry. In addition, he has proposed a new Bus Rapid Transit corridor for the Rockaways.” The Wave asked, through email, all eleven candidates if each would commit to keeping the ferry and the $2 fare. We believe having a ferry is a huge help to the peninsula. In no particular order are the replies from the candidates (or spokesperson):
Christine Quinn: “The Rockaways is one of the most isolated parts of New York City and Rockaway’s residents are often left stranded when it comes to transportation options. I would like to maintain the vital Rockaway ferry service, and would do everything possible to keep the fare at $2.”
Adolfo Carrion: “The answer is yes”
John Catsimatidis: said, “New York City is surrounded by waterways; it is one of our great natural resources. As Mayor, I plan to expand waterborne transportation to its fullest potential. Ferry service should be available if there is community demand for it and commuters who will use it on a regular basis.”
Anthony Weiner: There will be a ferry.
John Liu: John is very much committed to keeping the Rockaway ferry service with no cutbacks in scheduling and a freeze on the current $2 fare. As you recall back on May 8, 2007, then City Council Transportation Committee Chair John Liu, announced a two-year, city funded pilot program to open ferry service between Lower Manhattan and the Rockaways. John has led the efforts to create this critical transit option connecting the people of South Queens closer to the rest of New York, providing a short and affordable commute to Manhattan, and reducing the number of cars clogging our streets.”
Sal Albanese: “Yes to a permanent ferry, yes to maintaining the schedule, and yes to keeping the current fare.”
Erick Salgado: “Yes, we commit.”
Joe Lhota: “You have my commitment to maintain the ferry service with no diminution in service and an attempt to maintain the $2.00 fare. My expectation is to keep the fare at $2.00; however, if it increases due to budget pressures, it will not go up more than the rate of local (NYC) inflation. Again, it is my hope that the fare will remain unchanged for the next four years.”
Bill Thompson: “supports and would continue the ferry service to the Rockaways, but would evaluate ridership as well as meet with the community to determine long-term feasibility.”
George McDonald: No contact info on his website.