State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) is encouraging the NYC Ferry system to provide free transfers from buses and trains to the ferry.
The ferry system is becoming so popular that Mayor Bill de Blasio recently ordered larger boats, and due to that tremendous need, Addabbo is discussing with his fellow legislators in Albany how they could create free transfers between the ferry and buses and trains that commuters take to access it.
He pointed out that passengers currently pay $2.75 for the train or bus and then an additional $2.75 for the ferry.
“As the MTA continues to work on the next generation of the MetroCard, I ask that they take into consideration the growing number of people who use the NYC Ferry,” Addabbo said. “With the number of passengers on the NYC Ferry likely to increase in the coming years, it would be a major benefit for the riders if they could continue their route by using a free transfer onto an MTA-operated bus or train.
Joining these parts of our city’s public transportation system will help everyone travel faster.”
Addabbo is also looking to collaborate with the city’s Economic Development Corporation to expand the ferry’s bus service to his constituents in Broad Channel and Howard Beach.
“Currently, residents of Broad Channel who drive and park their cars before boarding the NYC Ferry in the Rockaways can do it for free, while residents of Howard Beach who wish to do the same are inundated with the toll for crossing the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge,” Addabbo said. “That just adds an additional fare for those people, which isn’t fair. That is why I would like to see the buses that bring people into the Rockaways to get the ferry expanded to Broad Channel and Howard Beach. This would provide these residents with an alternate way of getting to the ferry, and if the MTA transfer plan moves forward, it would be a free transfer from that bus onto the ferry.”