Starting today, a new ferry service run by New York Water Taxi takes to the water. The commuter ferry will provide service between Rockland County & Lower Manhattan. The ferry will start from the pier at Haverstraw Village & make stops in Yonkers, The World Financial Center, & end at Pier 11, near Wall St.
The ferry service will make 2 runs in the morning to NYC with the first leaving Haverstraw at 6:15 a.m. The second ferry leaves 55 minutes later at 7:05 a.m. The ferry service will make two evening runs to Haverstraw with the first ferry departing Pier 11 at 5:30 p.m. The second ferry will depart Pier 11 at 6:30 p.m.
The schedule indicates it will take 45 minutes to reach Yonkers, 90 minutes to the World Financial center, & 102 minutes to Pier 11. Tickets prices (Haverstraw – Lower Manhattan) are $15: one way, $130: 10 trip book, & $450: 40 trip book. There is a promotion offering 1 free week of commuting. Check out their website for more details.
The plan for this service is to attract commuters who are tired of driving to a bus or Metro North station to get to lower Manhattan. My question is with such prices, are they really saving any money with this service? What about the commuters who don’t live anywhere near Haverstraw but live within Rockland? What about the length of the commute? 102 minutes seems like a long time on a ferry. I can only imagine how much slower the service will be when the weather gets bad, that is if service even runs!
So many question that have me wondering how much of a success this new service will be. Only time will tell…..