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This is the first I've read of the water taxi service; very clever and economical.
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New York Daily News
March 16, 2004
Water taxi waves hello to Red Hook
By WARREN WOODBERRY Jr.
Commuters bound from Brooklyn to the lower Manhattan Financial District just got some ferry good news.
Starting today, New York Water Taxi is running ferry service from Van Brunt St. on the Red Hook waterfront to Wall St.
The service will run from the Beard Street Pier to Brooklyn Army Terminal and on to Pier 11/Wall St., between 6:51a.m. and 10:25 a.m. each weekday, and reverse from 4:24 p.m. to 8:29 p.m.
Boats will leave approximately every 25 minutes.
"We are thrilled to be a part of the Red Hook business community and to be providing reliable transportation," said New York Water Taxi chairman Douglas Durst.
The Red Hook-to-Wall St. ferry is the latest nautical development in a neighborhood with a rich maritime history.
With the construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel beginning in the 1950s, Red Hook was isolated, in mass-transit terms, from the rest of Brooklyn and the city.
The conversion from cargo to container in the 1960s significantly reduced maritime commerce on the Red Hook waterfront.
The arrival of ferry service should come as welcome news to a neighborhood currently served by only two city bus lines, with the nearest subway stop in the adjacent Carroll Gardens neighborhood. Locals have long had to rely on bus and subway connections to travel to Manhattan.
New York Water Taxi, which established its operation in Red Hook in 2001, recently relocated its corporate offices from lower Manhattan to the Beard Street Pier.
For ferry fares and schedules, visit the Web site: www.nywatertaxi.com
Copyright 2004 Daily News, L.P.
JERSEY CITY: NEW FERRY OPERATOR Starting tomorrow, New York Water Taxi will take over from NY Waterway the ferry route between the Colgate docks in Jersey City and Pier 11 near Wall Street. That route, which serves about 950 passengers each weekday, could become much busier this spring when Goldman Sachs opens its office tower on Jersey City's waterfront and several thousand people start working at what will be New Jersey's tallest building. NY Waterway also is in danger of losing the rights to a new route between Bayonne and Manhattan.(AP)
Water taxi service adds to its fleet
by Christine Haughney
June 7, 2004
New York Water Taxi, a ferry service that runs between Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City, is adding two taxis to its fleet to meet growing demand.
The number of passengers taking the ferry nearly quadrupled to 63,000 in May from 17,500 a year ago.
With $5 million from the New York City Investment Fund and the service's founder, the Durst Buildings Corp., the ferry service has ordered the construction of two 99-passenger catamarans for completion by summer 2005.
Copyright 2004, Crain Communications, Inc
Sea change for Bay Ridge commuters
BY HUGH SON
July 2, 2004
Commuters in Bay Ridge soon will be able to hop a taxi to Manhattan for a measly $5 - a water taxi.
That's because the Red Hook-based New York Water Taxi will expand its ferry service to Bay Ridge after a floating dock is built there early next year, sources said.
"We've had people from Bay Ridge tell us they'd take the water taxi if it were more accessible for pedestrians," said Tom Fox, president of New York Water Taxi.
Once the terminal is built at the 69th St. Pier - which is walking distance for a large section of Bay Ridge - ferries will make stops there and then Sunset Park before ending at Wall Street in lower Manhattan.
A one-way ride will cost $5; monthly passes reduce the cost to $4.
City Council members David Yassky (D-Brooklyn Heights) and Vincent Gentile (D-Dyker Heights) said they recognized the need to expand transportation options for the southern Brooklyn neighborhood.
Together, they secured the $500,000 needed to pay for the new dock - as well as $125,000 in subsidies to keep the taxicab-yellow ferries chugging.
"It really can represent a sea change in the way commuters choose their way to work," Gentile said.
Yassky noted that using New York City's abundant waterways is the "cheapest, most environmentally friendly way" to expand the city's transportation network - and an important option should disaster strike again.
"We saw on Sept. 11 that ferry service took a quarter of a million people out of downtown Manhattan," Yassky said.
Although the two-year-old company shuttles 70,000 commuters a day from ports in Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey to and from Manhattan, the current Sunset Park line does not have enough commuters yet to turn a profit. It is hoped the new stop in Bay Ridge - which has not seen active commuter ferry use in 40 years - will provide a boost to ridership, Fox said.
For Bay Ridge residents who complain of interminable R train rides, the ferry will be another option besides the express bus to get swiftly into the city, said Community Board 10 district manager Josephine Beckmann.
And apart from taking just 15 minutes to cross the river, the ferry offers other advantages, Fox said.
"It really is gorgeous - you'll be looking at the lower Manhattan skyline every day," he said. "It's a beautiful way to get to work."
All contents © 2004 Daily News, L.P.
July 18, 2004
Embracing an Idea of Yore to Bring Manhattan Closer
By JAKE MOONEY
Growing up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, in the 1950's, Tom Fox used to take a ferry from the 69th Street pier in Bay Ridge to Staten Island, heading for a scenic waterfront that was home to his Boy Scout camp and sheep-dotted hillsides.
The sheep, of course, are long gone and nearly 40 years ago the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge replaced the ferry as a means of transit between the two boroughs. For years, the 69th Street pier has been without ferry service. Besides the closing of the Staten Island line, a route that ran to Lower Manhattan in the late 80's and early 90's also shut down when the pier closed for repairs.
Mr. Fox, now 57 and president of New York Water Taxi, wants to bring back a little of the past. Two City Council members from Brooklyn, Vincent Gentile and David Yassky, have lined up $500,000 in city money to install a floating dock at the pier, and Mr. Fox hopes to be running ferries from 69th Street to Lower Manhattan by next spring.
Mr. Gentile, whose district includes Bay Ridge, says he thinks the service will help bring Brooklyn and Manhattan a little bit closer. "We've seen a lot of families and a lot of young professionals leave Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights because it's difficult to get into the city and work," he said. "I'm looking to reverse that trend."
Traveling to Lower Manhattan from Bay Ridge by subway can take 45 minutes. But the neighborhood has recently become more popular with commuters, in part because of recent changes in subway service that gave the area an express train for the first time in years. Still, Mr. Fox said he had heard new residents complain about their travel time. The ferry ride to Pier 11 at Wall Street, he said, will take about 18 minutes.
His company already has a terminal at 58th Street in Sunset Park - it will remain open even after the 69th Street pier is finished - but it is relatively isolated and hard to reach without a car.
The pier at 69th Street, though, is more pedestrian-friendly. "It's the terminus of a bus route, and it's a commercial street." Mr. Fox said.
For Mr. Gentile, the pier renovation is not about just convenience, but about taking full advantage of the natural resources that attracted settlers to New York hundreds of years ago.
"Other cities would kill for the opportunity to use the waterways that we have in New York," he said.
Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company
Boat Tour: Brooklyn’s Working Waterfront
Brooklyn Historical Society is pleased to introduce Brooklyn’s Working Waterfront, a new series of guided boat tours along the East River waterfront every Saturday in October and November. Passengers are picked up from South Street Seaport at 11 a.m. and Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn at 11:05 a.m., with drop-off at both locations. Tours approx. one hour; reservations strongly suggested.
Call New York Water Taxi at 212.742.1969.
Members $18, non-members $20, children of members ages 12 and under $12, non-member children 12 and under $14.
Nature of NYC Eco-tours
Sundays in October and November, 9:30-11 am
At Pier 17 South Street Seaport
Cost: $35 ($30 for NYC Audubon Members)
New York City Audubon presents eco-tours on New York Water Taxis, specializing in the seasonal birds of the Harbor.
Join NYC Audubon naturalists for a unique nature experience. Watch fall migrating hawks, eagles and waterfowl while learning about the geology, history, and marine life of the estuary.
Call NY Water Taxi at 212-742-1969 for reservations.
October 22, 2004
Ferry Company Warns of Cuts or a Shutdown
By RONALD SMOTHERS and CHARLES V. BAGLI
After years of expansion that helped to radically change the way thousands of New Yorkers and New Jersey residents get to work every day, the largest company providing ferry service in the metropolitan region has told transportation officials that it is in financial trouble and may be unable to continue providing service to its 38,000 daily commuters.
The company, New York Waterway, has transportation officials scrambling to figure out how to fill the possible gap and maintain service along its routes up and down the Hudson River - from Haverstraw in Rockland County, N.Y., to Belford in Monmouth County, N.J., with most also stopping in Midtown and the financial district in Lower Manhattan.
Officials are concerned that a shutdown or even a reduction in service by New York Waterway could send commuters back onto highways, trains and buses, further clogging already congested commuter routes.
The problem is an alarming development in what had been hailed as a renaissance in water-borne travel, a throwback to a more placid and environmentally friendly past. Much of the revival was sparked by Arthur E. Imperatore Sr., a former trucking executive, who turned a romantic notion of reviving ferry service in New York Harbor into New York Waterway, a multimillion-dollar company. The company went on to dominate the regional market.
But, in response to questions, Mr. Imperatore's son, Arthur Imperatore Jr., president of New York Waterway, said in a statement yesterday that the company was in talks with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to "maintain continuity of ferry service to Lower Manhattan." The statement acknowledged a "cash flow issue."
"Because of substantial increases in the price of fuel, a diminished job market in Lower Manhattan and a greater-than-anticipated drop-off in ridership to Lower Manhattan occasioned by the resumption of PATH service, certain routes are not generating sufficient cash flow to sustain their continued operations," the statement said.
The problems have apparently persisted, despite a rise in the number of commuters in recent months and two fare increases in the last year. The average round-trip fare is $19.
Anthony R. Coscia, chairman of the Port Authority, confirmed that New York Waterway had approached the agency with "certain financial issues" that were affecting "their operating status."
Mr. Coscia said that members of the agency's staff have been meeting with New York Waterway officials to better assess their needs, and try to ensure that ferry service is maintained.
One Port Authority official said agency staff members believe that New York Waterway is not merely trying to squeeze financial aid or concessions out of the agency. The official said they believe the company is at the point where it wants the Port Authority or others to take over its service.
Among the options that agency officials are said to be considering is asking the two smaller ferry operators - New York Water Taxi and Seastreak - whether they would be able to expand their service and take over some of the New York Waterway routes.
Officials are also considering whether they are able to subsidize operating costs for ferry service; ferries are the only mass transit means in the region that do not receive some form of direct government subsidy of operating costs.
To this point, the Port Authority and local governments have only invested in equipment and in ferry docks, with an estimated $100 million in mostly federal money spent in recent years on both sides of the Hudson.
"The ferry operations are critical and that makes New York Waterway's ability to operate important," Mr. Coscia said. "They have 16 routes, and some are more viable than others. But at this point we are still studying the situation."
Some Port Authority officials said they did not know if even subsidies would be enough to keep the New York Waterway ferries in operation.
For the last year the industry has seen reports of trouble for the company. But word of specific talks between the New York Waterway and the Port Authority marks a significant development.
Founded in 1986, the company was so shaky at first that some dubbed it "Arthur's Folly,'' seeing it as no more than the dream of a man, now 77, willing to speculate on his hopes for a revival of waterbound commuting.
After the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 - with the PATH train to Lower Manhattan out of service and many commuters seeking alternatives to the Hudson River tunnels and trains - ridership soared, enabling the company to reap millions in profits.
New York Waterway, which used its ferries on Sept. 11 to evacuate people from the burning ruins of the twin towers area, was also the recipient of millions in federal assistance to provide additional service that could replicate the PATH rail schedules.
At one point, New York Waterway had 92 percent of a market that carried as many as 64,000 commuters a day between New Jersey terminals in Weehawken, Hoboken and Jersey City to Manhattan landings at Midtown, Battery Park City and Pier 11 near the tip of the island.
The company acquired a "favorite son" status in the industry, according to competitors, and its officials seemed more than willing to throw their considerable political and economic weight around to get new routes and block attempts by others to compete.
New York Waterway continued to expand its number of routes, even as smaller competitors began to draw off a larger share of the market, raising questions of whether the company had overextended its service.
Further, after PATH service was restored to Lower Manhattan last December, ridership dropped. According to the latest Mayor's Management Report, overall ridership, which reached a record high of 64,063 a day in 2003 on the three private lines, dropped by 22 percent this year, though it has begun to climb again in recent months.
According to others in the industry, Mr. Imperatore has also been hurt by an investigation by the United States attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan and the inspector general of the Port Authority into the company's use of about $27 million in federal funds and possible antitrust violations.
One New York Waterway official said that the cost of defending the company has taken a toll on its bottom line.
In addition, this year the company agreed to pay New York City about $800,000 to settle a dispute over landing fees for its ferries at city-owned docks.
New York Waterway has also recently become the object of commuter complaints about poor service and shoddy equipment. Commuters banded together last year to form Ferry Friends.
The group has complained bitterly about the recent fare increases and urged riders to boycott the company's concessions at the ferry terminals.
"They have had two years to razzle-dazzle us and they haven't," said Deborah Jack, one of the organizers of the group, referring to New York Waterway's virtual dominance over ferry service. "The service has deteriorated, on-time performance is down and there is an arrogance and blatant disregard of customers. People are sick and tired of monopoly."
While the extent of the privately held company's financial problems could not be determined, some Port Authority officials said that the losses were staggering and that the company "wanted out" of the ferry business.
But the Port Authority officials said they were not willing to let the service lapse.
"We have a big stake in this," one agency commissioner said.
Some officials said the stake was so big, it could eventually mean that the Port Authority will take over ferry operations completely and run them through the agency, much the way the agency did four decades ago when it took over PATH service across the Hudson River to Manhattan.
One of the crucial questions raised by the company's financial difficulties is what it means for the future of about $250 million in publicly financed ferry terminal construction on both sides of the river. New York Waterway had, in a move that angered other ferry companies, been designated the operator of those terminals, which represented the most tangible evidence of the government's stake in the future of ferry travel.
Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company
Would never have thought they are in a financial trouble, always busy - lots of travellers.
You would think the same of the MTA, though.Originally Posted by Edward
MTA gets $2, NY Waterway gets $20 - surely it must make a difference.