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Staten Island Ferry running limited service due to “systemic” staffing shortage

It was one other morning of Staten Island Ferry delays for hundreds who depend on the service to get to and from New York City. 

Ferries are running much less incessantly due to what the borough president calls a “systemic” staffing shortage. 

As CBS2’s Zinnia Maldonado reported, some passengers arriving at St. George Terminal did not even know service was going to be disrupted, and with the ferry solely running as soon as per hour, it is going to be an all-day situation. 

“It’s going to make me late for work and late to get home and everything else,” one commuter mentioned. 


Staten Island Ferry service scaled again Thursday

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Crowds gathered across the gates, ready for a coveted seat. 

“It’s an inconvenience,” one other rider mentioned.

“It’s frustrating for sure. I’ve got to get to work, and I’m a teacher. I’ve got to be on time, or else there’s issues,” mentioned Abby Santorum. “So it’s pretty annoying.”

The ferry sometimes runs each 30, 20 or quarter-hour, relying on time of day. However, due to staffing shortages, it is solely running on the high of each hour Thursday.

The metropolis is providing free rides on NYC Ferry boats proper subsequent door to the terminal as a second choice, taking passengers to the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan. 

“I mean, for me, it’s OK,” one passenger mentioned. 

Not everybody was a fan of plan B.

“It’s not a great solution. At least they’re doing something. The reality is this has been going on for weeks, and they’re just formally addressing it now. So it’s a little too little too late,” mentioned Candace Lopez.

“I don’t trust them. They go too fast. They’re smaller, and it’s going to be more packed. So I don’t need that,” one other rider mentioned. 

Ferry service was suspended in a single day earlier than selecting again up at 6 a.m. Thursday. 

The lack of service was brought on by ongoing labor challenges, in accordance to Mayor Eric Adams, who mentioned a lot of workers did not present up to work Wednesday. 

“From my understanding, which is surprising, the union has been negotiating for about 11 years. So this is something that I inherited,” the mayor mentioned. 

“Eleven years is a long time. Do you blame them?” mentioned one passenger. “I don’t blame them.”

Those planning to take the ferry Thursday do not want a ticket, and service shall be running each quarter-hour through the afternoon rush. 

Adams discouraged any nonessential journey on the ferry, including the town is working intently with the MTA to speed up bus service. 

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