In efforts to improve transit service to the ‘best new airport in the world,’ and reduce car traffic, Port Authority has made a new proposal that suggests possible ferry service connecting the East side of Manhattan to LGA airport.
The proposal suggests two potential ferry landings, both requiring additional shuttle service post docking to LGA’s terminal B, C & A. The first option would be Bowery Bay, located on the far west side of the airport. For east side access to the airport, ferry service could land at Flushing Bay.
According to the proposal, potential ferry stops could include the previously existing Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan, E. 34 in Midtown Manhattan, E. 90 in Upper Manhattan along either landing route. From E. 34 in Midtown Manhattan, the route length would be 7 miles to the Bowery Bay landing and 10 miles to Flushing Bay.
Though there have been previous attempts to add ferry service from Manhattan to LGA, reports the NY Post, no efforts have ever been successful.
Though Queens Borough President Donovan Richards told the NY Post that ferry service was a “no-brainer” to him and “opening up access to the waterways is an attractive option,” many other key stakeholders are in favor of alternative transit options such as bus, light rail and subway service.
Overall, the final decision will be made after numerous public workshops and input from the MTA and international, national and regional transportation experts.