Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) is calling on NYC Economic Development Corporation to provide free shuttle buses for his constituents in Eastern Rockaway and Broad Channel.
In Golderfeder’s letter to the EDC he called on President Maria Torres-Springer to provide free shuttle services and consider the possibility of an additional ferry dock in Far Rockaway, according to a press release. The request comes as planning for the citywide service for 2017 is underway.
“Ferry service is an absolute necessity for every family in Rockaway,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “We need to have the service in place that will reasonably serve the greatest possible ridership. By including Broad Channel and the east end of the peninsula, the city will help ensure that we have a strong service that benefits all of our families and is sustainable for years to come,” said Goldfeder.
Broad Channel and Rockaway are currently not in plans for shuttle services. “Broad Channel needs to be part of the Ferry Shuttle Program. Many of our residents will use the ferry to commute to Manhattan and with the large parking lot available, adjacent to the bridge, including a stop at this location will not only provide a convenient location for Broad Channel residents but also for our neighbors to the North who would also like to take advantage of this great transportation opportunity,” said Dan Mundy, Jr., President of the Broad Channel Civic Association, in a press release.
Goldfeder believes the proposed shuttle services and docks will help assist families still suffering from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.