NJ Transit may become lifeboat for sinking commuter ferry service

(02/14/05) WEST NEW YORK ? Legislators in New Jersey may be able to throw a life preserver to commuters who rely on the fiscally troubled NY Waterway ferry service.

Under a proposed bill, NJ Transit will take over the ferry company?s operations if the business is forced to close its doors. NY Waterway?s financial struggles first came to light in November when the service was forced to eliminate some services. News of the company?s possible closure loomed over the 15,000 commuters who travel by boat to Manhattan every day for work.

The proposed bill was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee Monday. It must now go to the full Assembly for a vote.

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