2013-08-23 / Top Stories

Fight To Keep The Ferry

By Katie McFadden

The fight to keep the ferry is ongoing. Rockaway residents will be holding a rally to demand that the ferry stays.

On August 29th, residents will gather from 3:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. near the ferry terminal on Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive to demand that the Rockaway Ferry service to and from Manhattan becomes permanent. Currently the ferry is scheduled to be discontinued after Labor Day. Seastreak, the company which has been operating the ferry with subsidies from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, is in negotiations to extend the ferry until at least January.

Linda and Danny Ruscillo, who are organizing the rally, hope that the movement will urge the city to continue the service. They are encouraging Rockaway, Breezy Point and Broad Channel residents to come out with signs and show support.

The Rockaway Ferry has been running since November to replace the A train after Hurricane Sandy. Due to high demand and good ridership numbers, the ferry service has been extended twice already. A stop in Brooklyn was recently added to the service as the R train will not run to and from Manhattan until October 2014.

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