Ferry Future, and Present…

New York Waterway Ferry
New York Waterway Ferry

For almost five years now New York Waterway has been operating the popular Haverstraw-Ossining ferry service between the Village of Haverstraw waterfront and the Ossining Metro-North train station. New studies have shown that more ferry service could be just as successful. Service from Haverstraw to the Yonkers Pier and then to the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan could be coming as soon as the spring! The Times Herald-Record and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have posted press releases detailing the plans of the new ferry service. Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey has also worked to secure $1.2 million for these new ferry updates. This project is almost certain to become a reality. Also, McLaren Engineering is in the final stretches of its Environmental Review of the construction of a large parking facility which will serve a new ferry terminal and pier at the end of Main Street in Haverstraw. The current ferry slip will move over to Main Street within the next three years, offering more ferry service and updated and high-tech passenger waiting facilities and accomodations. Here are a couple articles to read up on. The previous links included in the text bring you to the above mentioned articles and press releases. Also, check out the Rockland Journal News article on improving mass transit in the Rockland area. The ferry did extremely well with ridership during last August’s gas price-hike due to Hurricane Katrina. This is extremely exciting for the advancement of Haverstraw in that it will bring new patrons to Haverstraw’s Downtown and will spark new interest in travel on the Hudson.

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