Plans for Coney Island ferry unknown after ‘exhaustive search’

A city agency says it is still committed to bringing ferry service to Coney Island, dismissing an advocacy group’s claim that funding for a beachfront landing has run out.

Coney Islanders for an Ocean Side Ferry, a pro-ferry group of Coney Island residents and stakeholders, doesn’t think the city has the money to complete an ocean side landing project and hopes it will get federal funding.

“We are hopeful that EDC can find a federal partner to help with the cost of building the marine infrastructure needed to build an oceanfront ferry landing on the Coney Island Peninsula,” said Craig Hammerman. , co-chair of Coney Islanders for an Ocean Side. Ferry, said in a statement on Saturday.

The city has built a multi-million dollar ferry landing in the Coney Island Creek at Kaiser Park, but once the landing stage was built in 2021, a sandslide was discovered in the creek, causing safety and navigation issues, according to the EDC. All work in the area stopped at the end of 2021.

EDC officials say they are exploring ways “to keep this essential public transit network sustainable and available to New Yorkers.”

“After an exhaustive review of the various location options for a ferry landing at Coney Island and ongoing dialogue with the community, we have yet to find an operationally viable and financially responsible path,” the EDC said Saturday in a statement. “NYCEDC remains committed to continued economic development and support for Coney Island and its residents, and we welcome discussions with the community about the possible future of a ferry landing.”

The city hired McLaren Engineering Group earlier this year to carry out a study evaluating ferry service options at Coney Island. The study found that it would cost over $35 million to continue operations at the current location, over $25 million to construct a landing at the Outer Creek site, and over $200 million to make reliable ocean service to the beach.

“All options have significant costs. The cheapest option is five times the average cost of a new ferry landing and the most expensive could potentially be over 40 times the average cost of another ferry landing,” the EDC said. . “Now we need to turn our attention to putting this piece in place.”

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