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R’away ferry service extended

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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:30 am

Mayor Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that weekday ferry service set up between the Rockaways and Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy will be extended at least six more weeks, with the potential to remain in service through Labor Day should ridership remain strong.

The ferry, running between Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive in the Rockaways and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan, was started after Sandy knocked out A train service to and from the peninsula in October.

Train service was scheduled to begin today, May 30.

Weekend service also is slated to be extended between July 4 and Labor Day.

“The continuation of weekday service will give Rockaway residents another transportation option, and the expanded weekend service will make it easier for visitors to get to the Rockaways,” Bloomberg said.

Councilman Donovan Richards (D- Laurelton), who represents a portion of the Rockaways, believes the ferry will remain a preferred method of transportation to Manhattan.

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