The Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry, a precursor to the Newburgh-Beacon ferry that started this year, is considered one of the most successful ferry operations on the Hudson River. Within 5 years of its creation, the Haverstraw Ferry has reached a ridership record of over 500. During gasoline price hikes, ridership tends to increase significantly as well. Recently, a milestone was reached in Newburgh when the ferry there reached 300 rides in under six months. This ridership total is higher than was expected for the entire first year of service. The ferry ridership, in both Haverstraw and Newburgh, is expected to rise continually because of increased traffic on area roads and the never ending increases in gasoline prices in the United States.
Crude oil recently hit $75.00 a barrel. The highest price oil has ever been in its history, if adjusted for inflation, was $80.00 per barrel in the early 1980s. We are quickly approaching this mark. Some experts say that gasoline prices will crest $4.00 a gallon, once crude oil hits the anticipated $80 mark. With nothing to do but watch price increases happen, residents of Rockland and Orange Counties are actively seeking new ways to reach their jobs in New York City. They will continue to support the Newburgh and Haverstraw Ferries as service is expanded at both docks.