NEW YORK CITY — Weekday ferry service between the Rockaways and Lower Manhattan, which became an essential transit option after Hurricane Sandy wiped out subway service to the peninsula, has been extended for at least the next six weeks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday.
The weekday service between Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and Pier 11 could continue through Labor Day if ridership remains strong, the mayor said in a statement.
"We’re committed to helping the communities that were hit hard by Sandy rebuild, and this is another way for us to support the residents and small businesses of the Rockaways," Bloomberg said.
The resumption of A-train service this month was thought to mean the end of the city-subsidized ferry service, which launched in the immediate aftermath of Sandy. But community lobbying prompted city officials to offer the reprieve.
Seastreak will continue to operate the ferry, which will run on the same schedule during morning and evening rush hours, with one-way fares remaining at $2 — less than the subway.
Starting July 4, there will be an additional ferry run in each direction on Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day, with stops at Beach 108th Street, the mayor said.