Getting off-topic but this service should have never existed in the first place. Subways already run most of this route. It’s a testament to the incompetence of the MTA and the apathy of the political class to making transit work that taxpayers have been saddled with paying for transit services twice- which a well-off minority is happy to do to get their discounted boat rides and a vast majority is getting ripped off by.
Really? Are you the New York Post editor that has it out for this ferry service? By all accounts, it seems popular and even on the verge of being over utilized. I have to admit that the $2.75 fare seems ridiculously low. But that is also a low fare for subsidized subway service.
Maybe the MTA should shut down the subway and increase ferry service to eliminate the redundancy you speak of? What about the roads that also run the same routes as the subway? Are those redundant?
I think that every great city on a vibrant waterway has a duty to consider how to use that waterway effectively, both for commerce and transit.
A: the ferries are a visual “success” but the entire fleet carries less than a single bus route (not even the highest ridership route) at a much higher per-rider subsidy. The implication is improve the horrible buses and subways citywide, not build duplicative transit
B: This particular route parallels a specific existing subway route. It isn’t even more direct, the total route miles are almost the same. Again, I am objecting to the taxpayer subsidized ride, not ferries in general. I support taxpayer subsidies where there are no other options like the Staten Island Ferry, which despite having no fare has a lower per-rider subsidy because ridership is high, because there are no direct alternatives.
c: the original subways were in fact privately funded by two competing companies, but they got city concessions to build and in exchange were mandated to have a 5¢ fare for decades, allowing inflation to bankrupt the companies. Sort of the inverse is what’s happening with ferries now.
D: yes urban highways should be torn down everywhere