City to look at making East River Ferry permanent

April 25, 2012 4:28:39 AM PDT
The New York City Council is looking at the East River Ferry program Wednesday.

The service could not only become permanent, but also could expand.

The only problem with the ferries sailing along the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens waterfront has been too many riders.

Operators claim their fleet has carried 600,000 passengers since June, 200,000 more than anticipated.

The ferry company is floating the idea of renegotiating its $9.3-million subsidy.

Right now, the ferries are in the first year of a three-year pilot program.

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