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Ferry Operators Want Contract For NYC Evac.

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The NY Waterway ferry "Thomas Jefferson" departs the Port Imperial ferry terminal - Weehawken, NJ - Sep 25, 2009 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

The NY Waterway ferry “Thomas Jefferson” departs the Port Imperial ferry terminal – Weehawken, NJ – Sep 25, 2009 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - On 9/11, when people wanted out of Manhattan and the bridges and tunnels were closed, they trooped up the West Side Highway like refugees until they found their escape – by boat.

LISTEN: WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell reports from along the Hudson River

During the 2003 blackout, when roads and transit were gummed up, people again boarded boats, and in both cases, they sailed without charge.

Now, the private ferry and cruise operators want a contract to get paid in the future.

The Wall Street Journal reports that New York City supports the plan, which is in the works.

Last year, NY Waterway considered suring US Airways after helping rescue passengers from the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight.

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