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Vallone: Bring Ferry Service to NE Queens

Jumping on Mayor de Blasio’s ferry service expansion bandwagon, Councilmember Paul Vallone is again demanding that the city implement ferry service in Northeast Queens.

Last May, Vallone (D-Bayside) and Councilmembers Koo (D-Flushing) and Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona) wrote a letter to the city Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the mayor expressing their support for ferry service locations at Fort Totten in Bayside and the Citi Field Marina in Flushing.

The lawmakers said these sites have the potential to be “enormously successful” due to the demand from local communities, economic viability, lack of other transportation options in Northeast Queens and the availability of existing docks at the proposed sites.”

Additionally, they pointed out that ferry service would provide much needed relief from overcrowding on the number 7 subway line. And Vallone said in the light of the mayor’s proposal on ferry expansion, he is sending a letter to the de Blasio administration pushing their idea.

Vallone stated, “I applaud the mayor’s expansion of ferry service across the five boroughs, but am disappointed at the absence of any plan for Northeast Queens. I will continue to push for ferry service out of Fort Totten and the Citi Field Marina. A ferry at the cost of a MetroCard ride would go a long way to combat the lack of affordable transportation alternatives for those living in Northeast Queens.”

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