Weekday Rockaway Ferry Service To Continue, and Enhanced Weekend Service To Begin July 4th
Weekday ferry service between the Rockaways (Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive) and Lower Manhattan (Pier 11) will continue for at least the next six weeks, with the potential to continue the service through Labor Day weekend if ridership remains strong, announced Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Quinn, Deputy Mayor Steel and NYCEDC President Pinsky.
In addition, beginning July 4th, enhanced weekend service between the Rockaways and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan will also start with the addition of one service run in each direction every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day. The weekend ferry will now also stop at Beach 108th Street.
“The continuation of the weekday service will give Rockaway residents another transportation option, and the expanded summer weekend service will make it easier for visitors to get to the Rockaways, bringing additional economic activity to the beaches throughout the summer season. We’re committed to helping the communities that were hit hard by Sandy rebuild, and this is another way for us to support the residents and small businesses of the Rockaways." - Mayor Bloomberg
The weekday ferry will continue to be operated by Seastreak—which has operated the service since the days immediately following Hurricane Sandy—and will run on the same schedule during morning and evening rush hours. One-way fares will remain $2.00.
The enhanced weekend service will be operated by TWFM Ferry Inc., building upon its existing summer weekend service which has run between Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan for the past several summers. The City has agreed to assist in the expansion of this service by subsidizing an additional boat, which will allow for three morning runs from Manhattan to the Rockaways, as well as three return runs in the evenings. All weekend runs will now also stop at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive. Weekend service may be increased or reduced based on ridership demand.
For the current weekday schedule for the Rockaway Ferry, visit Seastreak.com.