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Staten Island Ferry service would increase under bill passed by City Council

The New York City Council voted Wednesday in favor of increasing Staten Island Ferry service to every half-hour, seven days a week, by May 2015.

staten island ferry service increase The New York City Council voted Wednesday in favor of increasing Staten Island Ferry service to every half-hour, seven days a week, by May 2015.
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Getting to Staten Island might become a whole lot easier, if the City Council has its way.

The council voted Wednesday in favor of increasing Staten Island Ferry service to every half-hour, seven days a week, by May 2015.

Service frequency would increase unless the next mayor and Department of Transportation determine the change isn't economically feasible. In that case, the department would have to revisit the possibility every two years.

"For far too long Staten Islanders have been on a sort of city-enforced curfew, as they planned their forays into Manhattan around the unforgiving ferry schedule," Staten Island Councilman James Oddo said in a statement.

The legislation would also increase weekend ferry service to every 30 minutes, in both directions, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., within six months, but only if current staffing is able to support the increase.

However, the Department of Transportation has 18 months of the bill's enactment to implement increased weekend service, regardless of staffing needs.

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