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Monday, August 14, 2017

Roosevelt Island NYC Ferry Service Signage Spotted, Service Starts August 29 - Ask Questions Of NYC Ferry Staff August 15 At RIHS Visitors Kiosk

The Roosevelt Island NYC Ferry Astoria route service is only a couple of weeks away, scheduled to start August 29. Signage is in place for the Roosevelt Island Ferry Terminal

and directional signage to the Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock from the Tram Station

and Main Street in Southtown

was spotted yesterday.

NYC Ferry representatives will be at the Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitors Center Kiosk Tuesday, August 15 from 3-7 PM to answer any questions you may have

Roosevelt Island's NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and the NYC Economic Development Corp will be hosting an August 23 community information session

on the launch of Roosevelt Island Ferry Service too.

Way back in November 2009, Frank Farance's RIRA President's Report noted:

The EDC reps reported that the City is moving toward approving a landing barge for Octagon and also are examining sites on the south shore nearer to the Island transportation hub. Katz noted that the Coast Guard opposed any west channel site other than Octagon, and mentioned that RIOC VP, Rosina Abramson, had conducted a survey of east channel southern sites that included the participation of the Queens DOT Commissioner. Shane recalled that, twenty years ago, Abramson, then RIOC President, had organized ferry service using the oil dock on the east channel. He said it was temporary and inadequate. Shane noted that Manhattan is organized through a central spine and so, ferry riders would be obliged to continue their commutes from the shoreline. He said that the "spud barge" idea for the pier at the subway would not work, as that site would require considerable drilling, but that the old oil dock was under consideration....
It's hard to believe after so many years, but Roosevelt Island is getting Ferry Service.
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More Roosevelt Island Ferry information available at this prior post.