Ferry service critical to future of mass transit
May 07, 2014 | 694 views | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It has been nearly three months since the India Street pier collapsed into the East River in Greenpoint, and while the city is still working to complete the investigation with RedSky Capital, Brooklyn commuters are stuck with a crowded bus service exchange and often multi-train trek to and from work.

Even worse, G train service repairs are expected to begin at the end of July, compounding the problem for commuters and residents just looking to get around the city.

During a 7 train town hall meeting earlier last month at P.S./ I.S. 78 in LIC, where several members of the audience inquired as to whether ferry service could be an option in alleviating problems associated with maintenance work, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) president Carmen Bianco told audience members that the MTA and the Economic Development Corporation, which runs the ferry, do not have a working relationship.

“We don’t operate the ferry,” Bianco said at the meeting. “We approached them several years ago, but we don’t have any relationship with the city to use ferries as part of mass transit.”

It has been nearly six weeks since Bianco refused to comment on data that he claimed supports the city’s decision to deny shuttle service to Manhattan during 7 train repairs, however it seems as though this was nothing more than a distraction technique in a heated debate with angry commuters.

If shuttle service is, in fact, not a feasible option to aid in stranded straphangers headed to and from Manhattan, which currently operates from Vernon Boulevard to Queens Plaza, the question then becomes, why has the MTA and EDC failed to solve what is seemingly nothing more than a communication dilemma?

It is apparent that a definitive plan to better implement East River ferry service is a key component to the city's mass transit quandary. The pertinent agencies need to get together and figure out a way to make it work.
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