STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) — Staten Island Ferry service returned to its normal schedule in time for the Thursday evening commute, officials said.
Boats were running every 15 minutes during rush hour, starting at 5 p.m., according to the City of New York.
Starting at 1 p.m., boats were running every half hour from the Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan and the St. George Terminal in Staten Island, the city announced in a tweet. The ferries began running every 20 minutes starting at 4 p.m., officials said.
NYC Ferry ran every 15 to 20 minutes between Battery Maritime Building Slip 5 and the St. George ferry landing until 4 p.m. The service between Manhattan and Staten Island was free before 4 p.m., officials said.
Staten Island Ferry service was reduced to hourly trips at 3 p.m. Wednesday and ceased altogether between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday due to significant staffing shortages, apparently connected to ongoing union negotiations.
When service did resume Thursday morning, ferries were running every hour rather than every 15 minutes as usual during rush hour, according to the New York City Emergency Management.