August 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Honk if you love the ferry.

Some Staten Island pols are making a renewed push for the federal government to allow cars on the ferry once again.

Vehicles were banned from the ferry after 9/11 amid fears that a car bomb on board could sink the ship.

But Rep. Michael McMahon (D-SI/Brooklyn) said anti-terror technology has advanced enough that the average 1,000 cars per day that rode the ferry before the ban could be screened before boarding.

He has asked the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a study.

“Every other ferry built for cars in this country takes cars,” McMahon said. “It’s a matter of commuting fairness.”

City Department of Transportation officials said they “are aware of the request,” but are awaiting word from DHS.

Many transit advocates are against the idea.

“The logistical and expense burdens of moving cars on the Staten Island Ferry is totally out of proportion to the benefits of using the ferry for cars,” said Wiley Norvell, of Transportation Alternatives.

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New York Post


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