Queens, Transportation

Rockway Line NYC Ferry on Sunday, April 08, 2018. Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office on Flickr 

New York City will launch express weekend service from Lower Manhattan to Rockaway Beach on Saturday. NYC Ferry’s “Rockaway Rocket” will run on summer weekends from Lower Manhattan to the Rockaways and cost passengers $8 each way. The shuttle pilot program is an effort by the city to raise revenue and increase ridership and is part of a broader overhaul of the ferry’s fare system.

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Policy, Transportation

Image courtesy of NYC Ferry

New York City’s ferry system will soon be cheaper to ride for some New Yorkers, but more expensive for less frequent riders. Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday revealed phase one of the city’s new “NYC Ferry Forward” plan—a new fare system aimed at making the ferry more equitable and reducing the system’s huge public subsidy. Beginning on September 1, low-income New Yorkers, seniors, and people with disabilities can purchase a single ferry ride for $1.35. The price of a single trip will increase from $2.75 to $4.

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New Developments, New Jersey, Transportation

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After 15 years of delays, the plan to revitalize the southern end of the Hoboken waterfront is officially moving ahead. Mayor Ravi Bhalla on Thursday signed a redevelopment agreement that paves the way forward for Hoboken Connect, a mixed-use development that includes new office space, housing, and public open space near the transit hub Hoboken Terminal.

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Policy, Transportation

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The inaugural NYC Ferry ride with Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017; Photo © 6sqft

The city agency that operates New York City’s ferry system failed to report nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in expenditures during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, according to a new audit released by City Comptroller Brad Lander on Wednesday. The 50-page audit says the Economic Development Corporation spent $758 million on ferry operations from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2021, but only reported $534 million. The report also details tens of millions in unnecessary expenses as a result of the agency’s “poor financial management.”

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Policy, Transportation

Photo courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York and Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey announced Tuesday that they’ve agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding that they would split the local portion of the cost of the long-stalled Gateway Project‘s Hudson River tunnels, the New York Times reports. The agreement on who would pay the $14 billion tab for the project’s first phase is a step ahead in one of the nation’s most ambitious infrastructure plans.

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City Living, Transportation

R33 #9075 on display at Queens Borough Hall; Photo via Wikimedia

Here’s a chance to own a piece of New York City history. The city’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services is selling the last remaining “Redbird” subway car, which was in use from the 1960s until it was retired in 2003. The historic subway car is now up for auction online, with a starting bid of $6,500.

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Policy, Transportation

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reached a class action settlement agreement to make 95 percent of currently inaccessible subway stations accessible to those with disabilities over the next three decades, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday. Currently, just 27 percent of the New York City subway system, including Staten Island Railway stations, are fully accessible to riders with disabilities. Under the agreement, which still requires court approval, the MTA will make accessible 81 stations by 2025, another 85 stations by 2035, another 90 stations by 2045, and the last 90 stations by 2055.

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City Living, Events, Transportation

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Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

Happy Pride Month, New York City. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been showing off its Pride logo decal on select subway cars since they rolled out the design in 2019. The heart-shaped decal was created as part of “50 cars for 50 years after Stonewall,” marking the historic event’s 50th anniversary.

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Art, Queens, Transportation

Photo courtesy of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office

Gov. Kathy Hochul and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Wednesday that the $4 billion Delta Air Lines Terminal C will open at LaGuardia Airport on June 4. The opening means the all-new $8 billion LaGuardia Airport, the nation’s first new major airport in a quarter-century, is nearly complete. At nearly twice the size of the one it replaces, Delta’s new terminal boasts up-to-the-minute technology, New York-centric concessions–and an impressive collection of new public artworks by well-known local artists referencing the Queens neighborhood’s rich immigrant history and cultural diversity.

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Midtown East, Policy, Transportation

Photo by Marc A. Hermann / MTA on Flickr

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s long-awaited 700,000-square-foot East Side Access Project will be renamed “Grand Central Madison.” The project, which brings Long Island Rail Road service to Grand Central Terminal, will increase LIRR service systemwide by 40 percent during morning peak service and significantly increase reverse peak service. Grand Central Madison is expected to open in December.

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