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Staten Island Ferry Restored to Half-Hourly Service

Calling it a sign things are moving in the right direction, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that half-hourly service would be restored on the Staten Island Ferry during rush hour. The mayor also announced a $21-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help pay for restoring the service.

As the lockdown orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, ridership on the ferry between Staten Island and Manhattan declined by 90% and the city cut service to an hourly schedule on March 30. More recently, ridership has improved to about 8,000 passengers per day.

With 30-minute frequency reinstated, passengers must wear face coverings at all times, the de Blasio administration said. The city will make masks available for those that arrive without one.

“We obviously see people out more, we see more traffic,” said de Blasio. “We have to start to make adjustments accordingly.”

Photo credit: Norbert Nagel/Wikipedia.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).