SIU-contracted NY Waterway rose to the occasion on Nov. 15, as New York and New Jersey’s roadways were crippled by a sudden snow. The company never hesitated to offer up its ferry services to assist the thousands of commuters stranded in Manhattan on their way to their homes in New Jersey.
According to NY Waterway, “Ferries were operating past midnight Thursday, taking commuters from Manhattan’s West 39th Street Ferry Terminal to the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, where passengers could continue their trip on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail or by bus or private car or cab.”
While road conditions delayed some of NY Waterway’s free buses, all ferries ran more or less on schedule, with additional ferry trips added to the ledger to ensure passengers arrived at their destinations.
“Our dedicated ferry crews, bus drivers and terminal staff worked late into the night to help others, a core belief and practice of our company for 32 years,” said NY Waterway President and Founder Arthur E. Imperatore. “We were there at 9/11 and other emergencies. We were there for the Miracle on the Hudson and we will always be there when needed.”
NY Waterway operates the largest privately owned commuter ferry service in the U.S., handling more than 32,000 passenger trips per weekday – 10 million trips per year – on 34 boats serving 23 routes between New Jersey and Manhattan; between Rockland and Westchester counties; and between Orange and Dutchess counties. NY Waterway’s de facto motto is, “We will always get you home.”