Praise, Pans For Ferry Plan
I am very excited that our lobbying efforts to get the early morning ferry needed by the trade workers were successful. It hit me like a ton of bricks when Ms. Johnson told me that the National Grid parking lot across from the ferry landing would have an $8.00 daily parking fee. This is totally unacceptable. It will make the ferry not affordable for most passengers.
The EDC based the rates on those charged at the municipal lot on Beach 116th Street. They claim that they want to keep the beach crowd from filling the lot. I explained that 99 percent of our local community does not use the municipal lot. I have suggested from the very beginning that tickets be purchased in the parking lot verifying that the customer is using the ferry.
We are suggesting a community meeting to allow local residents to have input on the parking lot fees. The current plan is a slap in the face to those of us who have dreamed of, and fought for, an affordable ferry. It boils my blood that the City of New York proposes rates that screw our community.