NEW YORK—The snarled traffic patterns after Superstorm Sandy have unraveled, for the most part, but the damage to transportation infrastructure and many vehicles is prompting multiple temporary ferry routes connecting badly hit areas to Manhattan. The latest route will leave from the southeastern shore of Staten Island for a 45-minute trip.
“Part of the rebuilding effort is making sure Staten Islanders have manageable commutes to their jobs despite heavy damage to roadways and vehicles during the storm,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement. “This new fast ferry service from Great Kills is affordable and quick, and we are confident it will help ease the commute for Staten Islanders during these tough times.”
The new route—estimated to be in service for eight weeks and which will cost $2 each way—comes after new temporary ferries to Manhattan began recently from New Jersey and the Rockaway Peninsula.
Leaving from Staten Island’s Great Kills Park, the service will include six trips between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. from a new landing to Pier 11 at Wall Street and continuing to East 35th Street.
Staten Island has a ferry already on the northern tip, but commutes to that ferry are said to be difficult, according to local officials.
Return trips from Manhattan start at noon and continue to 6:15 p.m.
“Staten Islanders have some of the most difficult commutes in the nation so adding this transportation alternative is welcomed news,” said Councilman James Oddo in a statement. “We are all too familiar with the shortcomings of being an island, but using our waterfront in this manner makes sense.”
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