- What New York Needs: More Water Taxis [✜]
Good NYT Op Ed on the need for - and barriers to - an expanded ferry system for NYC. Someone is listening to me.
Ferries are a growth opportunity. To add new routes, you don't need to dig a tunnel or lay a track. You don't need to reroute traffic, build bridges or add lanes. And in many parts of New York, unlike almost every other city, you wouldn't need to build big parking lots where riders could leave their cars. What cars?
What you need is a viable pier and a boat. You need a convenient way to get from water's edge to people's ultimate destinations. And you need someone to be in charge of it all...
It's hard to imagine ferry service expanding very far unless it becomes a public initiative, an integrated system with coordinated schedules and MetroCard access. But who would lead such an initiative? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority? The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey? The Department of Transportation? No one seems to know.