"Ferry service critical to mass transit" (In Our Opinion - May 8) is the wave of the future. Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset which can offer significant transportation alternatives for thousands of New Yorkers.
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.
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 rails or highways.
Over two years ago, thousands of riders began utilizing the East River ferry connecting various waterfront neighborhoods via stops at Long Island City, East 34th Street, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Wall Street and Governors Island.
Who would not want to enjoy the fresh air and breeze that only waterborne transportation can provide? And riding a ferry can be less stressful than being packed in a subway car like sardines in a can.