The December 22nd article concerning the six-month anniversary of the East River Ferry confirms that our waterways are an underutilized natural asset. Most of our existing public transportation and roadways are already operating at or above capacity.
New ferry services can be implemented far more quickly than construction of new subway, commuter rail or highways. These can take years or even decades by the time you complete environmental reviews, planning, design, engineering, real estate acquisition, permits, procurements and actual construction before reaching beneficial use.
Finding funding for ferry boats, docks and parking - with costs in the millions - may be easier than finding the billions of dollars necessary for construction of new or extended subway, commuter rail or highways. Likewise, utilization of ferry boats makes a positive contribution to air quality.