For now, a ferry between Wall St. and the RockawaysBy
Yesterday, we saw the images of the A train’s destruction heading out to the Rockaways, and the pictures weren’t pretty. The subway, the peninsula’s lifeline, will be out of service for some time, and residents need a way to get to Manhattan. Today, the New York City Economic Development Corporation announced temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Wall St. beginning Monday. It’s a welcome measure for the Sandy-battered area.
“Since the storm hit, we’ve been working to ensure that New York City is able to get back to business as soon as possible,” NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky said. “Until the reopening of subway service to the rest of the City is restored from the Rockaways, this temporary option will assist thousands of New Yorkers most impacted by this storm, allowing our City and our economy to take another step on the road to recovery.”
The ferry will cost just $2 per ride and will depart five times during the morning rush from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and five times in the afternoon from Wall St. The ride is scheduled to take less time than a similar subway journey would. For schedules and more, check out the timetables here. This is an excellent use of city resources and the waterways while the subway undergoes extensive repairs.