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Ferry Set to Return to Greenpoint as G Train Shuts Down

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The collapse of a ramp into the East River cut one Brooklyn neighborhood off from ferry service for almost half the year. The service is set to return, though, and just in time. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

It's going—and it's coming.

When G train service between Queens and Brooklyn shuts down late Friday until September 2, one long-lost transit option may finally return to Greenpoint.

It's something riders have waited on since last winter, when the entrance to the East River ferry fell into the river.

"It took too long to fix the pier. It went out in February and it's July," one rider says.

The city says crews are putting the finishing touches on repairs to the privately owned India Street pier, where structural supports on this landing failed, causing the gangway to give way.

"This week we're going to be dedicating to ensuring that the pier owner is doing all the proper inspections to ensure it's absolutely safe as possible and ready to go," says Economic Development Corporation spokeswoman Kate Blumm.

However, regular riders of the ferry say they've still got unanswered questions about what went wrong.

"Why the initial equipment, which we understand is supposed to last for 20 years, broke after only two. I mean, at the end of the day, this is a safety issue for Greenpoint residents who are trying to get to work safely and on time," says Matthew Aho.

Riders say the ferry's impending return to Greenpoint is anything but on time, but for some, it will beat taking the train.

"Stress, crowded, sweating, waiting for the train to arrive. Here, you're just surrounded by the water, and it's beautiful," one rider says.

In the absence of ferry service in and out of Greenpoint, the nearly 300 riders who used the stop daily could still connect to ferry service at North Williamsburg, through a free shuttle service pushed for by state Senator Daniel Squadron.

"It was an option that let people continue to use this transportation as part of the fabric of their community, but we don't want to have any illusions. The shuttle was slower, less convenient than the ferry," says State Senator Daniel Squadron.

At $4 a trip on weekdays, ferry riders get a million-dollar view.

"You're not going underground and you have the most fabulous view in the world, the whole New York skyline," another rider says.

It's one Greenpoint residents hope they can once again enjoy while on the water.

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