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.

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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