From the NY Times:
Commuter ferry boats. Everybody likes them, but nobody wants to pay for them.
That oft-learned lesson is about to be repeated in the Rockaways. Daily ferry service between Riis Landing at Breezy Point in Queens and Pier 11 near Wall Street is scheduled to end in mid-March, less than two years after it was launched with fanfare from elected officials and a $1.8 million subsidy from the City Council.
The boat ride has been a great deal for the riders, who pay just $6 each way for the one-hour voyage. But even on the sunniest summer days, the average number of passenger trips was only about 280, said David Lombino, a spokesman for the city’s Economic Development Corporation, which hired New York Water Taxi to operate the service.
With so few passengers, the city’s subsidy amounted to more than $25 per ticket, Mr. Lombino said. The money simply ran out too fast, he said.