TN ferry service expansion meeting set for June 18th

After the success of the Soundview ferry, seen here on its maiden voyage in August 2018, NYC Ferry’s proposed expansion plans includes a stop Throggs Neck/Ferry Point Park and they are now in the public comment phase.
Schneps Media / Patrick Rocchio

The borough’s exciting new transit option will see expanded service by 2021 if a city plan continues on its course.

The public is invited to a ‘scoping meeting’ concerning a proposal to expand NYC Ferry service on the Soundview route beyond Clason Point to a new landing at Throggs Neck in Ferry Point Park.

The meeting will be held at Villa Barone Manor at 737 Throgs Neck Expressway on Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m. and is one of several taking place around the city as expansion of the city’s ferry system marches forward.

The meeting is intended to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on a draft proposal for new ferry service, and these comments will be used to develop a required Environmental Impact Statement, according to the meeting notice for citywide ferry service expansion.

One of the ferry expansion’s biggest cheerleaders, Councilman Mark Gjonaj, has been advocating for more service the past two years.

“With continued pressure, the ferry is coming to Ferry Point Park,” said Gjonaj, adding in jest that he has a park with the right name already, and now all that is needed is the ferry.

The communities near where the ferry would site, with construction of a new landing, is currently “a transportation desert,” said the councilman.

“That area of the Bronx needs ferry service; we cannot have a tale of two cities,” said Gjonaj.

Gjonaj added: “They certainly have not been enjoying the transportation options that the rest of the city enjoys and this ferry service will go a long way to providing options to those who don’t have an option.”

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260–4597. E-mail him at procchio@schnepsmedia.com

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