Future Ferry Expansions Should Include City Island, Throggs Neck, & Other Bronx Neighborhoods

This summer The Bronx is finally getting a ferry service in Soundview but we can’t help think that other Bronx neighborhoods can benefit.

The first one that comes to mind (and is a no-brainer) is City Island, I mean why wouldn’t NYC’s premier nautical community NOT be part of the city’s ferry network?

Residents on the island already have to endure exiting the island and bottleneck traffic, why not make it easier for them?

After City Island the ferry could then head across over to Country Club, yet another waterfront community.

And how about Throggs Neck? Although serviced by express and regular bus service this is yet another community that could benefit from such a service.

It can go to perhaps at Ferry Point Park or just south of the golf course which shall not be named and then trek on over to Soundview before departing for Manhattan.

While we’re at it, why not have trips from The Bronx to Queens and Brooklyn and simply bypassing Manhattan altogether? This would create an excellent alternative to traveling between the outerboroughs until we get our Triboro RX subway line (hey, we might as well dream big, no?).

We are a City of Water and our public transportation network should reflect this.

The Bronx can have a ferry network with stops even up on Riverdale that can zoom down the Hudson or head down the Harlem River and stop along perhaps University Heights, Morris Heights, Highbridge, and even Yankee Stadium where there is existing service already for game days.

Considering that our subway system is collapsing and thousands of more people are moving into The Bronx as neighborhood after neighborhood gets rezoned, we need alternatives and fast.

What are your thoughts on this? No plans have been announced for future expansions nor are their any plans for it but this is something to get us to think beyond just our crippled transit system.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.