Understanding the Challenges of Regional Ferry Service in New York City

RCWP 10-006

This paper seeks to make sense of the Rockaway and Yonkers ferry service’s suspension, and draw lessons for those seeking to expand ferry service in New York City in the future. New ferry service has captured the attention of citizens, elected officials and many in the civic community, but a workable network of ferry service has so far eluded New York. Why has a network of publicly funded ferry service failed to take root in New York City? Also, What would a model to fund a ferry route over the long term look like?