Published on : Thursday, August 31, 2017
But, currently, those free rides might soon be coming to a closure, at least for tourists.
When asked about the possibility of coming up with a tourist fare for the ferry, Mayor Bill de Blasio told the local news media on Monday that he would certainly embrace the idea and added that he would ask the Office of Management and Budget to enquire into the matter.
A short while after assuming office in 2014, de Blasio proposed the idea of imposing a tax on tourist rides on the ferry.
The same year, the Independent Budget Office had sent a report to Staten Island borough president, James Oddo elaborating about how a tourism fare would be working. He had estimated that charging tourists a $4 fare on the ferry might generate as much as $2.4 million in terms of annual revenue.
Implementing a tourist fare would certainly come with a new series of logistical issue, however.