It's a ferry good move as more New Yorkers just cruise to work

More and more New Yorkers are eschewing the gridlock of traffic by simply cruising to work. The company which runs ferries on the East and Hudson rivers – New York Waterway – has reported a significant jump in numbers ferrying their way to and from the office.

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Staten Island Ferry. Image by InSapphoWeTrust / CC BY 2.0

According to latest figures, over half a million more passengers used their services between 2013 and last year. This represents a jump of 8% and means there are now over 8.5 million people using the ferry service annually. The New York Post reports a Department of Transportation statement highlighting an increase of over one million passengers as user numbers grew to 22 million. And SeaStreak, which operates between East Midtown, Wall Street and New Jersey, also increased by 7% to 875,000.

The expansion of developments along the city’s waterfronts was a major reason for the boost in ferry riders, officials explained. NY Waterway’s Arthur Imperatore agreed that the encouragement to waterfront development was providing such extra customers. The prospect of adding new ferry lines to such places as Red Hook and Soundview has been mooted by Mayor Bill de Blasio recently. He is also looking at how services to Coney Island and to Stapleton on Staten Island might be improved.

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