Astoria residents rejoice! The neighborhood’s Hallet’s Cove section will soon be home to a new ferry terminal announced by the New York City Economic Development Corp. on June 4. The terminal is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s larger ferry expansion plan, and is slated for completion in 2017. With the addition of this service, commuters will be able to travel to Wall Street and Midtown in Manhattan in about 26 minutes.
The new ferry route will shave a few minutes off the commute for long-haulers, and city council members hope it will help alleviate the congestion on the subway. Currently, commuters must endure a crowded, 30-minute subway ride to reach Midtown, on top of a long walk for those who don’t live right near the waterfront.
James Wong, a Parsons Brinckeroff consultant on the project, estimates the ferry will carry 600 passengers a day by 2025. The consulting team speculates that only around 10 of those commuters will drive to the ferry terminal, so they don’t anticipate any new issues to arise from parking or street traffic in Astoria.
Residents seem generally pleased about the prospect of a ferry terminal in Hallet’s Cove, although some have reservations about increased car traffic and environmental concerns. Assistant Vice President of Government and Community Relations of the NYCEDC Keith Dumanski stated there would be a complete review by the Environmental Protection Agency before the new ferry service runs, to ensure that the cove does not suffer as a result of the expanded commuter option.
Community members were also thrilled to hear about the cost of the new ferry service. Riders will be able to board the ferry for the cost of a subway ride.
Via Queens Tribune
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