New Ferry Route?

12Nell Casey at Gothamist reports:  The Staten Island Ferry’s great for lots of things: cheap beer, romantic dates and free trips past the Statue of Liberty for tourists. What it’s not so great for: transporting people beyond St. George on Staten Island and South Ferry in Manhattan. But a new idea could see the big orange boat treading new waters further north, with a proposal to extend ferry service to Midtown.

Back in April, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo sent a letter to the Department of Transportation asking them to consider expanding ferry service to include stops at East 34th Street and Pier 11. Following some testy Tweets, the DOT responded this week, saying they’d look into the beep’s proposal.

 

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St. George Ferry Terminal

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Since 1906, the Staten Island Ferry has been transporting commuters, sightseers, and visitors between Staten Island and Manhattan. Passing by the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island, the 25-minute FREE trip provides riders with postcard-perfect views of New York City’s greatest landmarks.

Every day, over 65,000 people ride the Staten Island Ferry, and each year more than 1.5 million tourists take the trip, making the Ferry the third most visited attraction in New York City. A fleet of eight boats makes the rounds every day, rain or shine, so there’s always a boat ready to take you across the Harbor. From the St. George Ferry Terminal, it is easy to connect to buses, trains, and taxis.

The Ferry is FREE and runs all day, seven days a week Staten Island Ferry Schedule: Full schedule for the Staten Island Ferry as well as information on connecting trains and bus lines. For more Ferry information visit click here or call 311.