Ferry operating with a reduced service from Sunday evening

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Staten Island Ferry is operating with modified service from Sunday evening through Monday morning.

The reduced service will begin at 11 p.m., when boats depart on the hour from the St. George terminal and half an hour from the Whitehall terminal, according to the city’s Department of Transport. Service will return to normal at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The daily reality of fewer trips continues to frustrate riders.

While the discounts are usually for off-peak hours, passengers recently found themselves furious and stranded in Manhattan’s Whitehall terminal when boats ran hourly during the evening rush hour.

The union that represents Staten Island Ferry workers said the cuts are due to a lack of ability to fill vacancies due to low wages that have not increased in more than a decade.

Recently, union officials accepted the city’s offer to appoint a mediator to facilitate ongoing contract negotiations with the city.

A judge has ruled that Staten Island Ferry engineers should receive prevailing higher wages set by national commercial freighter workers because of the comparable nature of their work, Advance/SILive.com reported, giving City Comptroller Brad Lander the final decision on the increase.

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