Commuter group in Bergen County planning boycott on ferry fare increases

A commuter group in Bergen County is planning a one-day boycott on September 8 to fight against the rising costs of New York Waterway's ferry system.

The commuters in "Ferry Friends" are upset about the increased ferry fares and say it costs too much to commute across the Hudson River. Congressman Steve Rothman (D-Ninth District) says he is working on the problem and hopes to tackle the group's concerns honestly.

New York Waterway, based out of Weehawken, is a family business that does not receive government subsidies. They say the increase is necessary to continue shuttling approximately 33,000 people a day into New York City.

"Ferry Friends" say they have more than 5,000 online petitions against the rate hike and the support is growing. They hope to get a publicly funded ferry system operated by the state.

Related link:Ferry Friends

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