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.”
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