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Water Taxi Service From Staten Island To Start Monday

Flooded Staten Island Ferry Terminal (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Staten Island residents on Monday will have a new temporary ferry service to help them get around in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

The New York City Department of Transportation said Saturday that New York Water Taxi will be running the service for eight weeks.

Boats will travel between a temporary landing at Staten Island’s Great Kills Park and Manhattan, with stops near Wall Street and in Midtown. The one-way fare is $2.

Schedules are on the Transportation Department’s Web site.

“The service was put in place by the initiative of the mayor to help pout the residents of the South Shore of Staten Island to offer another form of transportation while they’re recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy,” said William Buckley, vice president of operations for New York Water Taxi, speaking to 1010 WINS.

New York Water Taxi says it hope to help some of the people hardest hit by the storm. Many are contending with storm-damaged cars and other transportation problems.

The Staten Island Ferry also resumed service on Nov. 2, after being shut down for several days.

The city has also established a temporary ferry to the badly damaged Rockaways in Queens.

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