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ON Aug. 21, I announced that weekday ferry service between the Rockaways and Lower Manhattan, with a stop in Sunset Park, will continue to operate through Jan. 31, 2014.

Ferries will continue to depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive, where the New York City Economic Development Corporation has installed a temporary landing, and stop at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park and at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan, with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown.

The service, operated by Seastreak, will continue to operate on its current schedule, with one-way fares remaining $2.

The ferry service has allowed for more than 120,000 passenger trips since its initial launch after Hurricane Sandy in November.

Ferry service has proven to be a popular and effective mode of transportation for Rockaways and Brooklyn residents.

Extending the service through January will allow riders to continue taking advantage of this quick, enjoyable and sustainable transit option.

“The Bloomberg administration has expanded transportation options across the city, and ferry service from the Rockaways and Brooklyn is another example of our efforts to connect all New Yorkers,” said Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel.

“The service will also continue to be a critical piece of our plan to build back stronger from Hurricane Sandy and ensure that communities hard hit by the storm can fully recover.”

“We are pleased that the Rockaway ferry service has been extended through the fall, providing continued support to neighborhoods in need of additional transportation options as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, including the Rockaways and Sunset Park,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Kyle Kimball.

“Strong demand for the continuation of the ferry service demonstrates its value both to commuters seeking convenient and sustainable transportation to their jobs, as well as to visitors, who generate critical economic activity for these communities.”

“I’m thrilled that we were able to extend this vital transportation link for residents from the Rockaway peninsula in Queens to the neighborhoods of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge in Brooklyn,” said City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.

“Ferries are a smart, fast and green way to get around New York City and a needed alternative for commuters who must wait 14 months for the return of the R train. As the repair work of tunnels damaged by Sandy continues, the extension of this ferry service will help some of the 65,000 subway riders a day to find another way to get to and from work. I thank Mayor Bloomberg, EDC and my Council colleagues for their work on this issue.”

“Today’s announcement is wonderful news for the many in the Rockaways who have come to rely on the ferry to provide quick, reliable and affordable access to Manhattan,” said Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.

“The residents of the Rockaways have had to deal with a lot during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but having a convenient and environmentally friendly ferry service to Manhattan has helped make their lives a little bit easier. The service has proven to be very popular and I am sure it will continue to be so for as long as it remains in operation, which will hopefully be for a very long time.”
 
“I’m thrilled that ferry service from the Brooklyn Army Terminal will be extended to continue providing alternative commuting options for New Yorkers between Brooklyn and Manhattan,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

“The closing of the R train tunnel this August would have left commuters adrift, so ferry service was imperative. I commend Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Quinn and Council Members Gentile, Recchia and Gonzalez for continuing ferry service so that transit riders can ‘chart their course’ away from  subway crowding and longer commute times. Ferry service from this stop is so popular it may become a permanent fixture on the Brooklyn waterfront, promising smooth sailing for commuters, and for that I say, ‘aye, aye, captain!’”

“Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement today that weekday ferry service from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive to Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan will be continued through the end of January 2014 is great news,” said Congressman Gregory Meeks.

“This assures that residents of the Rockaways will continue to have this crucial option for getting to work, shopping, sight-seeing, and visiting friends and family in the other boroughs. It will also give New Yorkers and visitors from out of town an efficient way to visit the Peninsula’s great beaches, terrific restaurants, and notable landmarks. Based on its track record of previous extensions, I have every hope that the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which is coordinating the expanded service, will make every effort to continue weekday service beyond the January 2014 date.”
 
This is the third extension of the ferry service by the City of New York since its initial launch in November of last year.

In May, due to strong demand, our administration announced the first continuation of the weekday service which was initially set to expire.

In addition to the service extensions by the city, in early August the Brooklyn Army Terminal landing — which is located at 58th Street in Sunset Park — was added to the existing Rockaway service provide further transit options for Brooklyn commuters impacted by disruptions to the R train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The city will once again evaluate the service after Jan. 31, 2014 to determine its future.

Existing parking at Beach 108th Street in the Rockaways — which is being provided by National Grid — and at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park will remain available to passengers.

The expanded ferry service is being coordinated on behalf of the city by NYCEDC.

A full list of schedules and fares can be found at www.seastreak.com.

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