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Old 05-23-2010, 08:01 AM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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I say this in todays paper and I know there has been talk about this in other threads:


Ferry service to NYC resurfaces with lingering questions - Connecticut Post
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Fairfield
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I say this in todays paper and I know there has been talk about this in other threads:


Ferry service to NYC resurfaces with lingering questions - Connecticut Post
This would be great, if they made it affordable and the trip length was comparable. Some of the NJ-based ferries (like from the Highlands) have enough business to keep them going, but the cost is out of reach for a lot of commuters.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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I was hopeful until I read the article. Why take a 90 minute ferry ride when the train is faster? The article said that the ferry would be an alternative to driving, but isn't that what the train already is? The article also mentions that parking would be an issue as would the cost. So, it's slower, potentially more costly and parking is still an issue? What exactly is the draw then?
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:47 AM
 
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This would be great, if they made it affordable and the trip length was comparable. Some of the NJ-based ferries (like from the Highlands) have enough business to keep them going, but the cost is out of reach for a lot of commuters.
Cost is definitely an issue. I've heard it's around $600/month for the ferry from the Jersey shore to NYC. That's about 3 times higher than the cost of a monthly train ticket and I don't think the time savings is very significant. When I lived in Jersey City they actually discontinued one of the ferrys due to lack of ridership. The cost was something like $6 per trip vs. about $2 for the Path train.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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Cost is definitely an issue. I've heard it's around $600/month for the ferry from the Jersey shore to NYC. That's about 3 times higher than the cost of a monthly train ticket and I don't think the time savings is very significant. When I lived in Jersey City they actually discontinued one of the ferrys due to lack of ridership. The cost was something like $6 per trip vs. about $2 for the Path train.
NJTransit just raised rates about 25% - the cost for the ferry is higher, but it's far from triple the cost now. And if you've ever been in Penn Station during rush hour - you would do anything you could to avoid the stampede to the train. What a miserable life that was -- Grand Central is so much more civilized and better organized (more available tracks helps).

I used to live in Hoboken, and had the option of the ferry vs. the path. For me, it was well worth the cost. The PATH was miserable, hot, overcrowded, and often delayed. Even if it only saved me a few minutes, the time spent commuting was so much more enjoyable. I can't compare metro north trains to the PATH - the trains are so much better - but even a moderately higher cost might be worth it, at least in the warmer months. Sitting out on the deck, reading a book or just relaxing, while cruising on a boat...nothing better to wrap up a long day or week at work.

For those commuting to Wall Street - the commute can easily be more than 90 minutes, especially with the delays we've had on the New Haven line, plus adding in the subway. If someone's paying over $300 + $90 for subway, or $450 to just sit comfortably on a boat, I would think that most would easily opt for the boat. If the boat started to climb above $500, less people would use it.
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