Showing posts with label STATEN ISLAND FERRY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label STATEN ISLAND FERRY. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

HORNBLOWER FERRY STRANDS HUNTERS POINT SOUTH

Hunters Point East River Route



I am getting many complaints from residents in Hunters Point South that Hornblower Ferry is too packed and leaving them stranded at the docks.


Several residents have come to us, saying that the rush hour Ferries are so packed, they are left standing on the dock and told to wait for the next Ferry. This is making residents late for work and making residents think twice about using the service. The boats arrive packed and just can not take anymore passengers.


It would seem like a smart idea since the Ferries are catching on, that Hornblower adds extra rush hour boats to accommodate all the commuters that want to use the service, just like the MTA does in rush hours. And since it is now summer, extra boats all the time are needed because we now have all these tourists using the service. 


The city keeps yelling that tourism is great for us, but at what cost? Our subways are packed, our Ferries are packed and getting on the bus can be a miracle for New Yorkers. And we wonder why the Staten Island Ferry is still free, mostly tourists ride it, lets charge them and residents with NYC ID ride for free. This can bring in millions a week to buy more Ferries for all our new routes. This idea is such a logical way for our Ferry system to go.


 Are you reading Speaker Corey Johnson?  Your the only one NYC residents can count on, Jimmy Van Bramer does nothing for us here, except to pose for photos!



Saturday, May 08, 2010

SAME STATEN ISLAND FERRY CRASHES AGAIN


The NY 1 Video



Once again the Staten Island ferry crashed into the ferry terminal this morning, injuring dozens of people according to the New York police said. An eyewitness told CNN The boat accelerated as it approached the pier, then crashed. The accident happened around 9:25 a.m. The police said 252 passengers and 18 crew members were on board at the time. CNN has reported that at least 55 were hurt, while The New York Times put the figure at 37 injured. The ferry was the famed Andrew J. Barberi, which was the same boat that crashed in 2003, killing 11 people and injuring dozens. The boat may have crashed because of an engine malfunction as it approached the terminal.The captain sounded the alarm about one minute before the crash because he was unable to slow the boat down, CNN reported. Crew members tried to move passengers to the back of the ferry as it collided with the terminal at a speed of about 5.75 miles per hour. The impact left two breaches in the boat's hull, one about 4 feet by 6 feet and the other 4 feet by 4 feet. Eyewitnesses told media outlets they saw flames rise and black smoke coming out of the back of the boat. The boat crashed in 2003 after the pilot, Richard Smith, lost consciousness at the helm because he had been taking pain medication. Smith fled the scene and later tried to commit suicide at his Staten Island home. He eventually pled guilty to 11 counts of seamen's manslaughter. The Barberi was recommissioned at a cost of almost $9 million and put back into service after the accident.