The three crewmembers of a ferry boat that hit a pier in Jersey City passed alcohol tests shortly afterward, officials said.
The ferry, which was taking passengers to the Statue of Liberty, was carrying hundred of passengers when it struck the dock.
They said it has has been a lifeline for them since supertorm Sandy, according to State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder.
Some neighbors on Coney Island would like to see a ferry connecting the Brooklyn peninsula to Manhattan, but a plan by the city could ensure that it never happens.
Federal officials said visitors will now be screened on Ellis Island. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said the only way to protect the statue is to screen passengers before they get on the ferries.
The enhanced security at the ferry terminals was first put into place following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The ferry was carrying 326 passengers from Atlantic Highlands, N.J. before it crashed into Pier 11 on Jan. 9, injuring 85 people.
There was a massive emergency response to Pier 11 when a ferry headed in from New Jersey hit the shore.
Getting the injured to the hospital after the Seastreak Wall Street ferry crash Wednesday was not as easy as it would have been before Superstorm Sandy hit Lower Manhattan last October.
The company said by offering the free service it hopes more people will try it and thereby help it to better gauge the viability of continuing it long term.
Seastreak will operate the hourly ferry service beginning at 5:45 a.m. Monday.
Connecticut commuters may someday have a more relaxing way to get to work – one that doesn’t involve traffic.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says 1 million passengers have ridden ferries across the East River since the service started just over one year ago.
Ferry service at the Hoboken terminal has been running out of a temporary slip for twenty years, after the ferry terminal grew old and rusty, but things changed today.
“We live just up here, and we can’t even open the windows because the fumes are absolutely horrendous,” said resident Daiga Chadha.