Following Superstorm Sandy, Rockaway residents were having a difficult time finding any form of transportation to take them to and from Manhattan, so the city instituted a temporary ferry service.
Beginning in November, it departed from Beach 108th Street and Beach Cannel Drive and stopped at Pier 11 in lower Manhattan. Free transfers are available between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in in Midtown.
Set to expire, the city announced that it would continue offering the service through Labor Day.
“Ridership numbers show that this new ferry service is an important transportation option for Rockaway residents,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “The continuation service, along with the additional weekend service we have also added, will allow the Rockaways to keep rebounding from Sandy.”
The city estimates that roughly 90,000 people have used the service since it began.
On weekdays, a one-way trip costs $2 and service begins at 5:45 a.m. and runs until 9:20 a.m., with service resuming during the evening rush hours.
The city will also be subsidizing an additional boat, which will provide three additional runs from each morning and evening. During the weekend, the ferry will also stop at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive.
“Kudos to Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Steel for continuing ferry service to and from the Rockaways,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich. “Thanks to strong demand, high ridership and local support, fast reliable and convenient transportation is here to stay.”