What Do You Think of a Sag Harbor-Greenport Ferry?

Hampton Jitney and Response Marine owners Geoffrey Lynch and Jim Ryan are hoping the project will be up and running by July 4. We're curious who will use it.

The Sag Harbor Village Board is expected to vote next week on an application which would permit Hampton Jitney to operate a passenger ferry connecting the South Fork village with Greenport, according to the Sag Harbor Express.

The article states that owner Geoffrey Lynch and partner Jim Ryan, with Response Marine, need the project to be up and running by July 4 to evaluate whether the pilot program will be viable in future years.

While the numbers will speak for themselves when all is said and done this fall, we wanted to ask our readers: what do you think of the passenger ferry? Will you use it? Let us know in the comments.

Click here to read the story on Sag Harbor Express.

jan k June 08, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I think it is a great idea and environmentally friendly also. No need to drivefor 45 min.
Rich from the East End June 08, 2012 at 08:20 PM
rena wilhelm June 08, 2012 at 11:52 PM
can't wait!!!! i think it is a wonderful thing!
Joe June 09, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Not for anything but you all do realize that the existing Greenport / Sag Harbor Ferry already allows walk on's and is pretty cheap.
Rich from the East End June 09, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I think u are referring to the Greenport/Shelter island ferry. Which is very good for getting to Shelter. But u need to drive to the south Island ferry to get to Sag
Armand De Luca June 09, 2012 at 10:52 AM
It should be good for the merchants of both towns.
Bill June 09, 2012 at 11:01 AM
to respond to the article we'd need to know what is the travel time difference (vs North ferry, drive through shelter, then south) and also the cost difference. environmental impact would also be a concern.
hdhouse June 09, 2012 at 11:01 AM
A terrific idea and what an evening idea - the trip alone is worth it.
Bill June 09, 2012 at 11:03 AM
to respond to the article we'd need to know what is the travel time difference (vs North ferry, drive through shelter, then south) and also the cost difference?
John June 09, 2012 at 11:15 AM
The benefit to merchants on both ends, the money generated by the business itself by renting space for dockage from the village and from Greenport shipyard and the six or eight local people who will be employed, more than offsets the perceived loss of parking that some people are suggesting will happen...Welcome Mr. Ryan
Celia Marszal Iannelli June 09, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Great idea! Direct route! Better idea....
Claudia Karabaic Sargent June 09, 2012 at 01:16 PM
From the point of view of an occasional visitor (who is also car-free), I would absolutely LOVE it. Greenport is a great palce for those of us without cars. It's walkable (we love to walk from bay to sound and back), it's easy to get to Shelter Island, but it would be AWESOME to be able to visit Sag Harbor as an easy day trip.
JOMAC June 09, 2012 at 02:09 PM
As a lifelong Southolder, I have always enjoyed visiting Sag HArbor. The car fare has become significantly higher for the two ferries, round-trip, over the years, and I welcome a $20 R/T fare on this new ferry. Just hope they have parking worked out on both sides. Maybe they could offer a L.I.R.R. discount; take the train to the ferry on the North Fork. They could make express stops in every North Fork location. I'd LOVE to take advantage of that, vs. driving around, or taking the two car ferries.
wayne g June 09, 2012 at 02:16 PM
please people, get this done.
Amy K. Martin June 09, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I think it's Great! As a Greenport Village Gallery owner I think its a win - win for both sides - the parking at the school with shuttle on this side is great -and as a Village Resident the idea of a nice round trip "cruise" to Sag Harbor without the 2 round trip fares on both North & South ferries (and no ferry lines) & then not having to find a parking space in Sag harbor ...Connecting 2 walking towns is a very Green concept that I hope is approved and then proves to be a successful venture...
Andrea Kavajian June 09, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Wonderful idea. As an occasional visitor of the north fork without a car I would certainly get great use of this service. I love both towns of Greenport and Sag Harbor and to be able to navigate both without having to bug friends with cars would be terrific. Please get this up and running by August!
Ross R. Caliguri June 09, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Everyone here is missing the side of the barn by a mile. The ferry system as it stands is a rip-off. They do not follow federal interstate scheduling guide lines and the morons in the local governments who are granting permits are short sided and incompetent for not mandating that these ferry companies, South Ferry, North Ferry, Cross Sound Ferry and this proposed Sag Harbor Ferry follow exacting ferry scheduling. Outrageous pricing aside and the existing ferry compaiens can stick their fuel surcharges you know where, continually abuse the high paying customers by not communicating to each other with regard to schedules. Has anyone been stranded on Shelter Isand and been held hostage to a one hundred dollar fee to be ferryed accross to North Haven after waiting hours in the middle of the night with sleeping children in the car? This happened to me because I got on the last ferry in Greenport at 10:45pm and by the time I got to the South Ferry it was closed, maybe I missed the ferry by 2 minutes I watched it leave the dock with one car on board. That is just one example of the abuse I had to endure in the 4 years I took those god forsaken ferries, commuting to Ma. every week. The larger answer to the East End transportation and commerce is a bridge connecting Long Island and New London, CT. Down with the ferries, build a bridge.
Amy K. Martin June 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Sounds like your problem stems from the fact that 'south siders' use Shelter Island as a bridge instead of East Hampton allowing a direct ferry from Connecticut...there are times when life with ferries may be inconvenient and costly...but the schedules are published... and if you only got stuck once in 4 years of commuting I guess you figured it out ...you can always drive through the city...and skip the ferry rage...
Local Yokel June 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Wow, didn't know there was another one! Where is it?
Local Yokel June 09, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Really? a bridge? We would never get ripped off if the gumint built a bridge! MTA and Port Authority are perfect models.
John Rooney June 10, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Greenport/Sag Harbor ferry - great idea.
Steven A. Ludsin June 10, 2012 at 09:39 AM
The ferry is a positive step that will encourage travel between the 2 locations and stimulate their economies. It reduces auto traffic through Shelter Island too. You could say people will be green with envy to get to those ports. Steve L. East Hampton
Benjamin Heins June 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
To start with the last ferry out of Greenport is midnight, not 10:45. Secondly if you took the ferrys for 4 years as you claim you should have known what time south ferry closes. Finally it seems like $100.00 is a good price to pay considering you had to get a ferry crew out of bed and fire the boat up for one car simply because you couldn't properly manage your time.
Rich from the East End June 11, 2012 at 01:25 AM
i see great things. I hope the roundtrip permits travel on different dates. Visit Greenport from Sag Harbor , stay for a few days then go back.And vice versa. Or visit friends on the other fork for a few days or a week. All without need of a car, great!
Liman June 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Wow, a bridge. Robert Moses proposed it circa 1960. The L.I.E. was slated to extend to Orient Point (why do you think 495 curves up toward the North Fork before it ends?), then an incredibly long bridge would have crossed Block Island Sound to Fishers Island, run the length of Fishers Island, then another extensive bridge to Watch Hill, RI. I have a copy of the proposal. I don't know why it was rejected at the time. But it would have obliterated Fishers Island, turned the North Fork into a series of truck stops, and who knows how much traffic it would have added - the East End would become a weekend destination for New England (if there would be anything left worth visiting).
Tom June 11, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Why has nobody cleared this with the Shelter Island Bridge and Tunnel Authority??? http://www.sibta.com Formed as a result of enabling legislation in 1961, the SIBTA is a Municipal Taxing Authority, as defined by NYS Law, and is the owner of record of the various structures and facilities collectively known as the Shelter Island Bridge and Tunnel System. The Authority is an active member of the Metropolitan Area Transportation Alliance, and supports efforts to reduce atmospheric carbon particulates, increase the use of mass transit, and develop long-range strategies for efficient growth, while always taking care to preserve the pace and character of the areas it serves. Throughout its history, the SIBTA has proudly employed hundreds of local residents, and has been a strong partner in the economic stabilization and development of the Shelter Island environs. Portions of the revenues from customer fees are paid to the general funds of the Villages of Greenport and North Haven in equal shares, and an annual payment is made to the Shelter Island Highway Department, the contractual partner responsible for general maintenance of our facilities. The remainder of the revenue is directed to our infrastructure re-investment fund, which is overseen by our Board of Directors. Our continuing mission is simply to provide a safe and enjoyable travel experience for all of our customers, whether they be local folk, summer residents, or occasional transient vacationers.


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