Transportation-starved Rockaway residents are getting another commuting option, but some believe the new ferry service is destined to fail.
Critics also are wary of the city's financial commitment to the project because it has allocated only a fraction of the money available from city and federal sources.
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But some Rockaway advocates said the departure times are not frequent enough and are impractical for most peninsula residents. And adding a stop in Brooklyn would just add to commuting woes, they said.
"This should be the Rockaway ferry - not the Sunset Park-and-Rockaway ferry," said Joe Hartigan, a longtime proponent of a Rockaway ferry service.
Critics also said that departing from Riis Landing - far from the major thoroughfares in the Rockaways - is a major hassle for commuters, especially should they miss evening ferries.