WITH LIRR STRIKE LOOMING, CITY OF GLEN COVE AND MTA ARRANGE COMMUTER FERRY SERVICE
July 15, 2014 -- The City of Glen Cove, the MTA, and ferry charter company Seastreak have been meeting to work out a plan for enabling residents in the Glen Cove/North Shore area to commute to Manhattan via ferry service should Long Island Railroad service be disrupted as a result of a strike that could begin this Sunday.
At a press conference at Crescent Beach on Monday morning, Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said that the ferry company Seastreak was, at that moment, performing a test run of a 500 passenger vessel at the Glen Cove Ferry terminal. The service, he said, would “probably be able to accommodate 1000 passengers a day with three runs in the morning to east 34th street, and three runs on return back to the city.” Asked if Glen Cove roads would be able to accommodate the traffic, Mr. Spinello said that the city was “working on the logistics of that.” “When industry was in the area,” he explained, “there was one road in and one road out and there was a thousand cars at the same time at 5 o’clock at night and 8 o’clock in the morning and it worked fine. Now there are more ways in and out. Will there be a little traffic – yes – but I don’t think it is going to be an issue.”
On Monday evening, the MTA announced that the ferry service would be in place if there is a LIRR service stoppage. According to the MTA website, there will be Manhattan bound service in the morning and Glen Cove bound in the evening during peak hours. The trip to East 34th street will take about 40 minutes. LIRR monthly passes and tickets will be honored. Because of limited parking, the MTA recommends that passenger carpool to the terminal or be dropped off.
The ferry terminal is located at 83 Garvies Point Road in Glen Cove (see map to the right). Click here for link to MTA ferry service and parking information.
Seastreak began running privately chartered trips from the Glen Cove ferry dock in September 2013, and runs daily commuter service on its double-hulled catamarans from Atlantic Highlands and Conners Highlands New Jersey to east 35th street in Manhattan.
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