NY Waterway addresses concerns

3/17/2009:

I received this letter from NY Waterway last night – and it appears to address concerns that customers might have in regards to the Ferry company’s future viability:

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Committed to serving commuters for 22 years

“To Our Valued Passengers:

Like many businesses and many families in these difficult times, NY Waterway faces serious challenges. Let me be absolutely clear on this: We certainly can and will find a way to continue serving you. Many political leaders throughout the region recognize the important service we provide. We carry about 25,000 people more or less to work and for leisure every day. Also, it is universally known the value our ferries provide in emergencies. We are the largest rescue fleet in the region, maintained at no cost to the taxpayers.

I know our partners in government will find ways to work with us to keep this vital commuter service and this critically important emergency transportation link. Times are tough, but we will rise to this challenge as we have in the past:

  • When attacks on the World Trade Center knocked out PATH service in 1993 and on September 11, 2001, NY Waterway was there. We got you home, taking more than 150,000 people out of Manhattan on 9/11.
  • When a blackout closed all the Hudson River rail and vehicle tunnels in 2003, we got you home, taking another 160,000 people out of Manhattan August 13, 2003.
  • And when Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River on January 15, we were there, rescuing 142 passengers within minutes, rescuing them before they died of exposure in the icy waters.
  • And hundreds of other emergency happenings related to PATH breakdowns, threatened strikes, weather interruptions, etc. etc.

We will keep our ferries floating, to keep our 22-year commitment that we will always get you home—a commitment we love to keep!

Thanks for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Arthur E. Imperatore “

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25 Comments on "NY Waterway addresses concerns"

hobohow
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hobohow

i may be wrong but i do not believe mr. imperatore is the developer

matt_72
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[quote comment=”143739″][quote comment=”143714″][quote comment=”143605″]I take the ferry in the morning from 14th street & it is super convenient as I work on 57th & 11th. But at $62.50 for a 10 trip I can only afford to take it one way. It makes the commute easy…at least one way because NJTransit has been a nightmare at PABT. In response to a complaint I filed with NJTransit they basically stated PABT can not handle the current load of bus traffice it has…hence the ridiculously long lines of people for the 126 (both Washington and Willow) [/quote] Just imagine how long the lines will be w/ 1000+ units going up in the western edge, 40 story buildings on the north end of town & all the development certain developers want to do in the southern & southwestern edges of town. If they can’t meet demand now, then more development will make the lines only longer.[/quote] they really need that other tunnel that would allow more commuter trains from NJ. that should (?) reduce the amount of people taking buses in theory, making it easier for the areas that must take buses to pull into PABT right?[/quote] I don’t think so. Everyone tries to take the bus pretty much at the same time so I don’t know that a little less congestion will help much. The lines only seem real bad for a short period of time (though I could be wrong – I usually am long since at work by that time).… Read more »
bradykp
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bradykp

[quote comment=”143714″][quote comment=”143605″]I take the ferry in the morning from 14th street & it is super convenient as I work on 57th & 11th. But at $62.50 for a 10 trip I can only afford to take it one way. It makes the commute easy…at least one way because NJTransit has been a nightmare at PABT. In response to a complaint I filed with NJTransit they basically stated PABT can not handle the current load of bus traffice it has…hence the ridiculously long lines of people for the 126 (both Washington and Willow)
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Just imagine how long the lines will be w/ 1000+ units going up in the western edge, 40 story buildings on the north end of town & all the development certain developers want to do in the southern & southwestern edges of town. If they can’t meet demand now, then more development will make the lines only longer.[/quote]

they really need that other tunnel that would allow more commuter trains from NJ. that should (?) reduce the amount of people taking buses in theory, making it easier for the areas that must take buses to pull into PABT right?

bradykp
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bradykp

[quote comment=”143686″]as a long time employee of nyww (not a spokes person)
i feel the need to add my two cents worth here, nyww is not a money making machine that everybody seems to think it is, it is an extremely expensive operation to run, maintance costs on both the boats and buses are very costly,especially to keep them in spec with coast guard and NJDOT regulations, and fuel while the cost are down is still a major part of the budget, and as everyone knows the cost of health insurance is adding to the downfall of many businesses,[/quote]

i’ve read a lot of reports over the years that they were not making much money and were often struggling. I guess since we don’t really know, we can only form our best guesses.

bmoc04
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bmoc04

What about the acres of tax-abated waterfront land Imperatore was able to develop for pennies on the dollar of its true worth?

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