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.

Comments (3)
  1. Frank D says:

    If they are that money grubbing and greedy – then charge the passengers escaping Manhattan to board their boats

    Waterway’ will make a killing in more ways than one.


  2. Frank D says:

    Because this damn Ferry line is going broke. This is another grab at public money like befiore.

    NY Waterways bought brand new ferry boats JUST DELIVERED towards the end of the 9-11 restoration of WTC PATH. Waterways naively thought everyone would stay with their much pricier ferry service.

    When that flopped to no one’s surprise but Waterways, NY Waterways asked the Government to subsidize them. Like the Banks did in 2009, taxpayers should pay for their poor business sense. Bush said no, while Obama will say__________? 🙂

    So here we are AGAIN.

  3. Why says:

    Why does it always have to be about money why cant people just help people in a time of need for the good of doing a good deed society is really starting to take a turn for the worst

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