Staten Island ferry service increases rush hour service as ridership returns

Posted at 7:25 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 19:25:09-04

NEW YORK — Dawn Doccola rides the Staten Island Ferry each day to her essential job at a Brooklyn Hospital.

In recent weeks, Doccola said the ferry has become so overcrowded “social distancing did not exist."

"It felt less dangerous working in the ER at my hospital for COVID than I did on the ferry," Doccola said. “We were packed like sardines."

On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced rush hour service will return to the Staten Island Ferry with boats sailing every 30 minutes during peak morning and evening hours.

“We obviously see people out more, more traffic,” de Blasio said.

As New Yorkers venture out more, Governor Andrew Cuomo repeated his call for slow and steady progress, social distancing and face coverings.

“You can have more activity and you don't necessary have to see a rise in cases,” Cuomo said.