Earlier this month, a Roosevelt Island resident asked on Twitter:
why is it impossible to get on a ferry at Roosevelt Island?! They are coming full from East 90th. This is a constant issue on weekends.
This Memorial Day Weekend Sunday afternoon was a perfect example of a full NYC Ferry Boat coming from East 90th Street with little room for passengers waiting to board at Roosevelt Island. After a few people boarded at Roosevelt Island, a NYC Ferry Crew member announced only “one more” spot on the boat was available even though there were at least 25 other people in line to board.
Upon hearing this, a frustrated man waiting with his family to board walked to the front of the line and told the NYC Ferry Crew member that the people already allowed on the boat cut ahead of those waiting in line and
that NYC Ferry needs to do a better job organizing the line at the
Roosevelt Island dock.
Will look into this asap.
— Julie Menin (@JulieMenin) May 1, 2022
This is not a new problem. Larger capacity boats are needed during the summer.
Took a 4 min (!!) ferry ride with @RepMaloney and @BenKallos today. @CB8M was proud to advocate for the expansion of ferry service from 90th street to Astoria and #RooseveltIsland. So grateful to expand access to RI and better connect our neighbors @NYCEDC #ferryservicenyc pic.twitter.com/oDHCCjQ2to
— Tricia Shimamura (@Tricia4NYC) August 28, 2020
The last thing I want is for the @nycferry to arrive at Roosevelt Island full just like the F train. Can you and residents closely monitor ridership and when it arrives full? We can ask @NYCEDC to swap in bigger boats or increase frequency to meet demand.
— Ben Kallos, Former NYC Council Member (@BenKallos) August 29, 2020