Ferry Tales A Look at Future Commuter Boat Traffic

If you've ever had the dubious pleasure of trying to get onto or off of Manhattan Island from New Jersey, Queens, or Brooklyn during rush hour, you know the daily drill: traffic stopped for miles, honking horns, delays, and pot holes.

But take heart: The ferries are coming. A slew of new and revamped ferry routes to Manhattan will make their debut in the next two years.

The Boat People

In the next two years, several new ferry ports will be built in midtown, downtown, and Weehawken, New Jersey: A new floating dock near the World Financial Center will serve Lower Manhattan, the West Midtown Ferry Terminal will disembark at West 39th Street, the Port Imperial Intermodal Ferry will dock at Weehawken, and several smaller terminals and landings will expand the existing network of boat routes crisscrossing the Hudson.

Of those existing lines and terminals, dock improvements are planned for the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, the Whitehall Ferry Terminal at the southern tip of Manhattan, Hoboken Terminal and others, including the terminal in Haverstraw, New Jersey.

There are also plans to expand ferry service on Manhattan's East Side. This summer, a ferry will run from East 90th Street to Hunterspoint, Queens, then to Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street. The whole trip should take about 15 minutes, and offers an alternative to crowded roadways and subways.

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