NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two state lawmakers want to explore another ferry route in the city from Long Island’s South Shore.
Sen. Todd Kaminsky and Assemblywoman Melissa Miller have asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to look into the idea.
Inwood in Nassau County would be one potential docking spot.
The lawmakers say it would reduce dependence on the Long Island Rail Road and would diversify transportation options for island residents.
“I think anything that helps get people out of Penn Station, which was built in 1911 and not meant to handle the traffic it sees today, have a dignified, reliable way to get to and from New York City I think is really important,” Kaminsky told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.
Kaminsky said the recently launched temporary ferry service to Manhattan from Glen Cove on the North Shore is proving successful and could be replicated for Nassau County commuters who live near the South Shore.
“This is an option without traffic, it’s an option that has proven to work in other places and it gets cars off the road as well,” Kaminsky said.
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