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New NYC Ferry Line Coming To Staten Island

January 10, 2019 - 6:23 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that another ferry will be coming to Staten Island.

For many in the borough, it felt that Staten Island was on the outside looking in when it came to the fast ferry service in New York City.

“Initially it was called the Five Borough Fast Ferry and we mocked it because it did not include five boroughs,” said Staten Island Borough President Jim Oddo. “Then they change the name to NYC Ferry, but it didn't represent all five boroughs. And with today's announcement we get included.”

The borough will add an additional Gerry line that can get Staten Islanders to lower Manhattan from St. George in just 18 minutes.

De Blasio said the line will be seven minutes faster than the Staten Island Ferry, even with an extra stop in Midtown West.

Oddo feels the news could also convince more people to ditch their cars when it comes to their commute.

“It will not get better, it will only get worse. The Staten Island Expressway, the Gowanus Expressway— they are now the Cross Bronx Expressway, meaning every day is a horror show,” Oddo said.

The next step, according to the borough president, is making it easier for people who live on the south shore to get to the ferry. He notes one way could be with more express trains.