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Ferry service to replace subways to Rockaways

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A temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan will begin on Monday, Nov 12, 2012.

Subway service on that route has been suspended since Hurricane Sandy caused severe damage to the line.

Seastreak will operate the ferry service departing from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown.

The service will start at 5:45 a.m. in the Rockaways with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 a.m., with regular service resuming during the evening rush. One-way fares will be $2.

"Thanks to quick work by Seastreak and the Economic Development Corporation, residents of the Rockaways will now have an affordable and reliable way to get to and from Manhattan," said Mayor Bloomberg in a statement. "Ferry service is one of the many ways the City is helping these New Yorkers begin the enormous work of recovery from Hurricane Sandy."

"As we work to rebuild devastated areas of the city, this new ferry service will make transportation much easier for residents of the Rockaways to get to and from Manhattan," said City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.

"The prayers of so many people in Rockaway, who since the storm hit have been left stranded on the peninsula, have finally been answered," said Council Member Eric Ulrich.

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