Weekend ferry service suspended

12/29/2008:

For those of you that enjoyed taking the NY Waterway Ferry to Manhattan on the weekends:

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Weekend service suspended

Effective weekend of January 10, 2009:

NY Waterway will discontinue weekend service from Hoboken 14th St. to Midtown W. 39th St. January 10th until April 2009.

The weekend of January 3rd will the be the last weekend NY Waterway will be operating weekend servic e out of Hoboken 14th St. until April 2009.

Please plan accordingly.

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21 Comments on "Weekend ferry service suspended"

homeworld
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NY Waterway is a privately run company and therefore has to operate on a profit.

The PATH is subsidized by the Port Authority through thier other sources of revenue and is a loss leader. The real price of a trip on the PATH train is closer to what you pay for a a ferry ticket, if you divided the amount of yearly PATH riders by the yearly operating cost.

MaureenSullivan
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MaureenSullivan

It’s $7.75 for a one-way ticket from 14th St. to midtown. The fuel surcharge is still in effect on single tickets. The good news is that kids up to age 11 are free through the holidays.

hobohow
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hobohow

people who think nyww is a money making machine are dead wrong,as a long time employee i can assure you this is a very expensive operatation to run. the maintance costs on both the boats and buses are unbelievably expensive, and even with the recent decline in fuel prices it is still a major cost for the company. as for the port authority taking over it`s not going to happen, a few years back when nyww was thisclose to going under the ground work was was being layed for nj transit to take over.this cut in the weekend service is probably one of many cost cutting manuveurs we will see due to the declining ridership in today`s economy.

truth1
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truth1

Another blow to public transportation – Happy New Year ❗

ATTNY
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ATTNY

I think that Ferry tickets were being subsidized by the federal government and that subsidy was cut in 2005 and eliminated in 2006. Concurrently, the Port Authority and Federal Government dumped millions upon millions of dollars into those absurd and unecessary ferry terminals at 38th street, Edgewater and Wallstreet.

The result is what you have today.

A Ferry system with huge terminals that are largely underutilized (Fudruckers!! seriously?) and a ticket which is far too expensive when compared to the alternatives (i.e. bus and Path).

I can’t imagine that the Ferry system will disappear entirely (Port Imperial would not survive without it, but it needs to be taken over by a gov’t agency (port authority are you listening) because I don’t think it can be operated as a profitable private business.

My suggestion under a government controlled Ferry system would be to tie the existing city bus system into the 38th Street Terminal and cut the Waterway buses out entirely. A valid Ferry Ticket could be used as a Transfer ticket and be included in the cost of the Ferry.

The NYWW bus drivers are the most unprofessional group of undertrained/untrained drivers I have ever encountered (and that includes my time doing research in Costa Rica). Sit next to the radio and listen to the dispatcher it is absolute chaos.

We need professional management of this service it is literally a security issue and current management is totally inept.

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