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by Stephanie Valenzuela on May 11, 2017

It was meant to be a historic movement in transportation in the Big Apple. It was meant to help out the transportation system and make way for a new way to move around the boroughs. It was meant to be unique. All of those happened within the first days, but now it’s already causing delays.

Just like the subway, the ferry is delayed. With commuters excited to try the new service it has proven to be just as delayed as the everyday subway system. Commuters have found themselves in a halt when coming to the ferry’s as the boats were arriving off schedule. Since the May 1st launch there have been 20 alerts posted on their Twitter about delays and cancellations.

The boats which come every 25 minutes are crucial to arrive on time as most people plan their day around these times and are expecting to arrive on time to their destination. With this “new system” deemed to be more dependable, it is seeming as if the old system was more reliable as it has not even been a month yet, and problems have occurred left and right for the Hornblower.

On opening day there were delays on top of delays, due to a malfunctioning sensor making it not a good start for the new system. Within a week later, East River boats were forced to go at slower speeds due to a fluid spill by Con Ed in Brooklyn.

Still, there is a positive side to all of this. Many, still seeing the system as new, are saying that it could all be glitches in the system and workers are probably still trying to figure out the “kinks” of it all. A spokesman for Hornblower said he saw data on the boats stating there was a 95% on time rate. They also stated that they are committed to running a “regular and more on time service.”

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Stephanie Valenzuela
I am a firm believer in patience, and believing that with patience all good things come with time. My motto has always been, if you want to be known, be known for something good, and informing the public is good to me, whether it be threw my writing or reporting, is a good way to be known. With a passion for everything New York City, I am driven to know what goes on in it every hour of the day. My dream has always been to live the 'city life', but besides dreaming about that life, you can catch me traveling the world, as I have been to over ten countries, or constantly reading the news and getting informed as to what goes on globally. I am a person who likes to know and be informed at all times. To me that is key and my mentality is always set to learn more on what goes on in our world in order to inform my public and be the best journalist that I can be.
  • Alicia Cline

    Delays, the greatest risk one takes when using public transport systems

  • Madi Kantor

    I don’t understand how it is possible to have delays on the water. New Yorkers already deal with so many other delays in other forms of transportation (subway, Metro North trains), how is it possible that this system doesn’t work either?

  • Liz

    Nobody likes delays, but they seem to be intertwined in the public transportation life

  • Prasun Srivastava

    This is not good

  • Prasun Srivastava

    This is not good, must be done fast.