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Letter: ‘Phantom Ferry’

I read recently that Senator Schumer has asked that discounts be available for Mets fans to ride the proposed “phantom” ferry from the Glen Cove location.

Is Senator Schumer aware that presently we citizens have not heard anything about a ferry operator interested in running the ferry even though we now have an $11 million federal stimulus project in the works to provide for a terminal and other components of the project? Again let’s ask the question about ferry ridership, not during the baseball season: why would a commuter from Port Washington or Manhasset going to the city travel east to get on a ferry which would then move west?

The ferry should not be run just for the pleasure of the baseball fans who might use it. The previous failed-ferry ticket cost more than double the LIRR fare. No one knows how much the proposed ferry fare will be because there is no ferry operator. Since it is unlikely that the City of Glen Cove will use tax-payer dollars to subsidize the fare for people who don’t even live in Glen Cove, I can only conclude that it is highly likely that the fare for the “phantom ferry” will be at least double the LIRR fare.  

Also let’s ask this question again: If no ferry operator signs on to run the ferry, what will become of the ferry terminal and the other improvements? How will the baseball fans get to the baseball stadiums? Will $11 million of federal stimulus money have been spent for no positive result?

The question: how many baseball games will there be and how many commuters will take the ferry, if indeed there is a ferry operator who will ever sign on to run the ferry?

Maureen Tracy