NY Waterway preps for safe commuting as people start returning to the office

Three months after New York Waterway shut down nearly all of its service, the company is restarting more routes on Monday.

News 12 Staff

Jun 25, 2020, 9:58 PM

Updated 1,398 days ago

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As more businesses reopen in New York City, many New Jerseyans are preparing themselves to go back to the office. Many of those commuters use the New York Waterway ferries.
Three months after New York Waterway shut down nearly all of its service, the company is restarting more routes on Monday. New York Waterway says that the hope is new safety measures will keep commuters safe from COVID-19.
Masks will be required by all commutes and all ferries, buses and terminals will be constantly sanitized. Passengers will also be advised on how to social distance.
“Come in, sit down by a sticker. There’s no guesswork for passengers,” says New York Waterway spokeswoman Jennifer Schuck.
Schuck says that capacity limits start at just 50% and people will not be allowed to stand up on the buses while traveling.
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Other agencies have also enhanced cleaning and safety as the region reopens. But some say that they are still uncomfortable traveling by mass transit.
“It’s a valid concern that in phase two more and more consumers are taking mass transit,” says Dr. Robert Segal.
Segal says that commuters should not be leaving their health completely up to the transit agencies. He says that the individual will also shoulder some of the responsibility. He says that this will include wearing masks, staying distant and washing of hands, especially if anything on board is touched.
Segal also says that he would like to see more testing of passengers and employees.
“You want to make sure you aren’t getting someone else sick, as well as yourself,” he says. “You could be a carrier for this virus. The train conductor walking down the aisle touching tickets, going from one patron to another, could be a carrier,” he says.
New York Waterway’s increased service begins Monday at 6 a.m. Commuters who need to ride a specific boat are advised to show up early because of the capacity limits.


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