Officials are serious about keeping New Yorkers moving after Hurricane Sandy seriously disrupted our mass transit. Yesterday the MTA announced the H shuttle subway in the Rockaways and today the DOT has announced that as soon as November 26th Staten Island will be getting a ferry from Great Kills to Lower Manhattan.
The new ferry is meant to bring immediate relief to and ease the commutes of residents in Great Kills, Midland Beach, Tottenville and other impacted Staten Island neighborhoods and will join the temporarily-expanded X23 and X24 services provided to the island. It is expected to run for two months and an operator is still being selected.
The fast ferry should begin service by November 26 and will include six trips daily from the new landing at Great Kills between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., heading to Pier 11 at Wall Street and continuing on to 35th Street. It will also make six return trips in the afternoon, between noon and 6:15 p.m. The one-way fare will be $2 (similar to the temporary ferry to the Rockaways).
"Staten Islanders have some of the most difficult commutes in the nation so adding this transportation alternative is welcomed news," Council Member James Oddo said in a statement. "We are all too familiar with the shortcomings of being an Island, but using our waterfront in this manner makes sense and I hope the Bloomberg Administration's initiative provides much needed relief to some Island residents."