Are you risking your life by taking the Staten Island Ferry?

One captain interviewed by the Post claims that the boats are "barely seaworthy"

According to this article in the Post, most of the ferries that ship people to and fro between Staten Island and Manhattan are pretty much held together with prayers and duct tape. More specifically, many of them have batteries that fail frequently, making them incapable of stopping, causing accidents like the one in 2010 that saw a ferry plough into the St. George Terminal, injuring 50 of its 244 passengers.

The Post's source for the piece is an anonymous ferry captain, who claims that not only are the boats "barely seaworthy," the newer ones are even worse and more unreliable than the old ones. None of this is very comforting, especially for those who rely on the service for their daily commute. The good news, however, is that, while you may be risking a terrifying watery death every time you set foot on one of those boats, hey, at least it's still free!

That's not (entirely) just flippancy. It may be the 21st century, but in the absence of all those flying cars we thought we'd have by now, ferries are still an important part of New York's transportation infrastructure. Passions ran high when it looked like the Rockaway Ferry was going to close up shop, and arguably even higher when the service was eventually extended at nearly double the original cost. The question now is whether New Yorkers would be prepared to foot the bill for a safer, more modern Staten Island Ferry service, or if they'd rather continue to court death for the sake of a free ride. Considering the way most of us live in this town, we can probably all guess the answer to that one.

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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