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Logan CrawfordAug 22, 2017, 5:34 pm

What will happen to Glen Cove’s ferries to Manhattan once MTA’s summer schedule ends?

The ferries have acted as an alternative route during Penn Station track repairs

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The MTA is running two ferries from Glen Cove to the city and back this summer as an alternative to the train.

As the repairs near completion, many are asking if the Glen Cove ferries will keep running past September first.

"The ferry being at the waterfront community, we really need it. Shoot right into Manhattan," commuter Jim Coniglione said.

Coniglione says to take the train from Glen Cove into the city, you need to transfer at Jamaica.

"We need a direct line into Manhattan which we don't have. So by having the ferry, it's going to be a really great thing for Glen Cove," he said.

Once the MTA ferries stop, the City of Glen Cove plans to start a permanent ferry service.

Glen Cove Deputy Mayor Barbara Peebles says they are looking for ferry companies to run boats to and from Manhattan.

She says several companies are already interested.

"Officials say the permanent ferry service would have three ferries leaving in the morning and three coming back,” Peebles said.

The boats would first stop in midtown then continue to lower Manhattan.

Deputy Mayor Peebles says the schedules would be more convenient to accommodate passengers.

She says she’s heard mostly positive things about the MTA ferries this summer with the only major complaint being that they run at inconvenient times.

Glen Cove officials say they will be sending out proposals to ferry companies in September.

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