by Gary Axelbank
January 11, 2018
He also indicated that along with the new ferry stop that will help Bronxites get access to the east side of Manhattan – 90th street, 34th street, and Wall Street, the City will improve access to the Ferry Point Park landing and make other corresponding improvements to the parking lot. Few parking options for commuters has been a major sticking point at the existing Clason Point ferry landing that launched this summer.
East Bronx activist John Doyle told thisistheBronX he’s hoping the new Throggs Neck landing will also come with infrastructure improvements to the park itself. Also, that it becomes a well-traveled route, because he thinks that will persuade the city to add an additonal ferry landing at Orchard Beach, which locals have been petitioning for.
“If anything, this actually helps get a landing in Orchard Beach,” he said, “so we should root for it’s success. It’s a lot easier to expand on a successful service than one that doesn’t do so well.”
There’s no doubt that NYC Ferry has been popular. The city says it’s had more than 6.5 milion riders take the six lines of the Ferry since it was launched in May, 2017. Their annual projections for the Soundview system that runs through Clason Point is a robust 400,000.