Free rides on Governors Island ferry may sail away forever

Governors Island

Looks like they’re electing to go with a fee

One of the great joys of the summer, aside from everyone dressing like clothes are poison and they need to wear as few of them as possible, is riding the free ferry to Governors Island to take advantage of all the cool stuff they’ve got going on over there. Would some of the magic be lessened with a small charge for riding the ferry? Well, no, probably not, but it’s still kind of a bummer that the Trust for Governors Island is proposing to make the ferry ride $2 next summer. The good news? It’s to support keeping the island open everyday from May to September.

DNA Info got hold of a presentation the Trust had on the feasibility of the fee, which even though it would be a fee, would still be just $2 for a round trip. According to the Trust, this would help cover the expenses of keeping the island open every day from may 24 until September 29 next year, as opposed to just 40 days. And who are we to argue with expanded access to the island, unless there’s been some secretive massive financial mismanagement by the Trust.

According to the proposal, kids would ride for free, seniors for $1 and with no extra charge for bikes, so it doesn’t really sound like they’re trying to gouge anyone. Of course, this could just be the slippery slope of taxation hitting us already, like Joe Lhota warned us would happen in de Blasio’s New York, so we’ll have to remain vigilant about the price for a ferry ride going up in the future.