New York Daily News Officials ask to lower East River Ferry ticket prices when new routes launch by Dan Rivoli

New York Daily News
New York Daily News
Officials ask to lower East River Ferry ticket prices when new routes launch
Dan Rivoli
02/18/2016

Supporters of the city’s five-borough boat service are hoping to lower ticket prices for the East River Ferry by next year.

Doyle Murphy

Backers of the city’s five-borough boat service want to fold in the popular East Ferry route.

In a letter Wednesday to the city Economic Development Corporation and operator NY Waterway, 20 elected officials said that the East River Ferry should lower its $4 one-way ticket prices when the new ferry routes are launched next year.

The fares for the new routes will be tied to the price of a MetroCard swipe.

“Fair ferry fares will help our ferry system fare well. C train and 4 train riders pay the same fare, East River Ferry and new ferry service riders should too,” said State Sen. Dan Squadron (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn), one of the lead officials on the letter along with Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan).

A rep for NY Waterway declined to comment.

An EDC spokesman, Anthony Hogrebe, said that it’s been the city’s goal to “ultimately integrate the East River Ferry into the larger Citywide Ferry Service and to align fares, ensuring as seamless a service as possible.”

Issue: 
Transportation