Staten Island Ferry Facts

Facts about the Ferry

The City has operated the Staten Island Ferry since 1905. The Ferry carries approximately 25 million passengers annually on a 5.2-mile run between the St. George Terminal in Staten Island and the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. The Ferry runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Staten Island Ferry is the most reliable form of mass transit, with a consistent annual on-time performance record of over 92 percent during the last several years.

On a typical weekday, five boats make 117 trips, carrying approximately 75,000 passengers. During rush hours, the ferry runs on a four-boat schedule, with 15 minutes between departures. Between rush hours, boats are regularly fueled and maintenance work is performed. Terminals are cleaned around the clock and routine terminal maintenance is performed on the day shift. On weekends, three boats are used to make 96 trips across the harbor each day. The boats make over 40,000 trips annually. Ferry terminal supervisors, assigned around the clock at both Whitehall and St. George, are responsible for ensuring that the ferry operates according to its published schedule.

Ferry fleet

Molinari Class Boats

The Guy V. Molinary Ferry
Guy V. Molinari

There are three sister ships, Guy V. Molinari, Sen. John J. Marchi, and Spirit of America in this class. Each boat carries 4,427 passengers with a crew of 16. The boats are 310 feet long, 70 feet wide, with a draft of 13 feet 10 inches, 2,794 gross tonnage, service speed of 16 knots, and 9,000 horsepower.

Guy V. Molinari honors Staten Island's three-term Borough President of Staten Island, from 1990 to 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Molinari was a member of the United States House of Representatives, a State Assemblyman, and a successful attorney with a private practice on Staten Island. The Molinari began carrying passengers on January 26, 2005

The Spirit of America Ferry
Spirit of America

John J. Marchi is named for the New York State Senator who served in a variety of Senate and other community leadership roles. Senator Marchi was born in Staten Island, and received high honors from numerous academic, political and community oriented organizations and committees. Marchi entered service on May 20, 2005.

Spirit of America entered service on April 4, 2006.

Barberi Class boats

There are two ships in this class, Andrew J. Barberi and the Samuel I. Newhouse. The Barberi entered service in 1981 and the Newhouse in 1982. Each boat carries 5,200 passengers, with a crew of 15. The boats are 310 feet long, 69 feet 10 inches wide, with a draft of 13 feet 6 inches, 3,335 gross tonnage, service speed of 16 knots, and 7,000 horsepower.

Austen Class boats

There are two sister ships, Alice Austen and John A. Noble, in this class, which began service in 1986. Each boat carries 1,107 passengers, with a crew of 9. The boats are 207 feet long, 40 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, 6 inches, 499 gross tonnage, service speed of 16 knots, and 3,200 horsepower.

Kennedy Class boats

This class began service in 1965. Originally, there were three boats in this class — John F. Kennedy, American Legion, and Governor Herbert H. Lehman. Kennedy is still in operation, the others have been retired. Kennedy class boats carry 3,055 passengers with a crew of 13. They are 297 feet long, 69 feet 10 inches wide, with a draft of 13 feet 6 inches, 2,109 gross tonnage, service speed of 16 knots, and 6,500 horsepower.

Emergency response

The Emergency Response boat American Legion
Emergency response boat American Legion

The newest addition to the NYC DOT fleet is the American Legion, the latest in the fleet to bear that name, a new high speed utility boat that was purchased with $1 million donated by the NASDAQ Disaster Relief Fund to enable NYC DOT to respond to emergency situations in and around lower Manhattan. Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset, Massachusetts built the vessel, which was delivered in March 2007. The new boat can hold 12 passengers in addition to its crew and has a top speed of 30 knots. In situations where a ferry may require assistance in mid-harbor, the utility boat will be used to shuttle maintenance staff quickly from the terminals to the boat. The boat will also be used to deliver NYC DOT staff and equipment to the private ferry landings around Manhattan during an emergency.

Ferries and the Environment

NYC DOT works to ensure compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements as part of the Clean Water Act. This includes identifying operational discharges that are applicable to the vessel; continual implementation of related safety management system requirements; utilizing additional best management practices to reduce operational discharges; performing periodic onboard inspections; documenting instances of noncompliance or violation with permit requirements and to ensure corrective action.

Passengers on board the Staten Island Ferry can do their part for the environment and assist NYC DOT's compliance with these environmental regulations.

  • Make a conscious effort to minimize wastewater when using sinks and toilets. Notify vessel crewmembers if sinks, faucets or toilets are observed to be running or leaking.
  • Use the trash cans that are provided onboard vessels and in terminals. Improperly discarded trash and waste can be washed or blown overboard, polluting the waters of New York Harbor.
  • Do not throw anything overboard while riding the Ferry.