After Ramp Collapse, Greenpoint’s East River Ferry Service Suspended Until Further Notice

Image via Alan Tansey
Image via Alan Tansey

After yesterday’s nightmare-confirming collapse of the East River Ferry’s Greenpoint passenger ramp—just moments after 10 passengers had crossed over it—service at that stop remains suspended until further notice and likely won’t be back until at least next week. Obviously.

A service advisory on the Ferry’s website reads, “Service to the Greenpoint terminal is suspended until further notice. We do not expect service to resume at this location until at least after the weekend. Please check in with this advisory, or our posts on facebook and twitter, for updates.” They also tweeted earlier this morning, saying, “We have people working on the situation & hope that it’ll be resolved next week. Extensive work needs to be done to the gangway.”

Service at all the other stops is running as usual. After yesterday’s collapse, State Senator Daniel Squadron released a statement calling for an investigation, as well as alternate transportation while repairs are being made to the ramp:

While I’m grateful that no one was hurt, this morning’s ferry ramp collapse in Greenpoint raised a number of safety concerns that I hope NY Waterway and the EDC will quickly investigate so this vital service can be restored.

I also urge NY Waterway and the City to work together to immediately provide an alternative means of transportation for the many Greenpoint residents and businesses who rely on the ferry. Greenpoint is already drastically underserved when it comes to public transit, and a shutdown of ferry service only exacerbates the problem. A shuttle bus to the nearest ferry stop would go a long way for the community.

Added bonus of a shuttle bus? There’s zero chance of accidentally plunging into the East River.

Follow Virginia K. Smith on Twitter @vksmith.


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