New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and State Senator Daniel Squadron announced a temporary shuttle bus service will begin operation tomorrow, February 18th, transporting riders between the India Street and the North 6th Street East River Ferry (ERF) landings during morning and evening rush hours. The free shuttle will facilitate ERF access for riders who use the India Street landing, which was knocked out of service on Thursday, February 13th. BillyBey, operator of the East River Ferry, will operate a shuttle bus making the following pick-up and drop-off stops:
Southbound Morning Rush Hour Service: India Street to North 6th Street
First departure at 6:50 a.m.; additional departures every 20 minutes; final departure at 9:30 a.m.
• Stop 1: India Street ferry landing at the corner of India Street & West Street
• Stop 2: Franklin Street at the B32 bus stop between Noble St & Oak St
• Stop 3: North Williamsburg ferry landing at the foot of North 6th Street
Northbound Evening Rush Hour Service: North 6th Street to India Street
First departure at 4:30 p.m.; additional departures every 20 minutes; final departure at 7:20 p.m.
• Stop 1: North Williamsburg ferry landing at the foot of North 6th Street
• Stop 2: Franklin Street & Noble Street at the B32 bus stop
• Stop 3: Franklin Street & Greenpoint Avenue at the B32 bus stop
• Stop 4: Franklin Street & India Street
• Stop 5: India Street ferry landing at the corner of India Street & West Street
The shuttle service will operate for a minimum of two weeks, pending ridership. During off-peak hours, passengers may use the B32 bus, which regularly travels a similar route throughout the day.
“More and more New Yorkers depend on ferries as part of their daily lives,” Squadron, who requested the free shuttle, said. “In Greenpoint, the East River Ferry provides vital transportation to a community in deep need of it. The message is clear: we are committed to the vital link that expanded ferry service provides, even when problems strike.”
Engineers are currently investigating the cause of last Thursday’s ramp collapse and estimate that the entire process could take several weeks.
“As we continue to work with engineers, along with the property owner of the India Street pier and the EDC, to determine the cause of the problem last week, we hope that this shuttle will provide our Greenpoint passengers with a viable alternate means to access our East River Ferry service,” said Paul Goodman, CEO of BillyBey Ferry Company.
For more information or detailed East River Ferry schedules, please visit http://www.eastriverferry.com.