“This is a small, but important victory for Staten Island ferry riders,” said BP Oddo. “The ferry is not an amenity, it’s a necessity. Any way we can improve that service is key, especially with the four million tourists that will be riding the ferry next year. I explained the everyday challenges of Staten Islanders to the Mayor, and he was receptive to it. When it comes to the Ferry, the Mayor is a strong ally.”
“Staten Island has always had one of the longest commutes in the city,” noted Mayor de Blasio. “More and more there is a crowding issue getting onto the Ferry. It’s our job to make it better.”
Beginning in September, passengers will start boarding on the lower levels at both terminals. Additional security will be added at the lower level entrances.