Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming joined with Bridgford Hunt and Stella Lagudis, the General Managers of the North Ferry, Co. and local officials to announce schedule adjustments made to accommodate commuters connecting with the LIRR during a press conference held on Tuesday, July 2.
Also in attendance were Shelter Island resident Elizabeth Galle, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, County Legislator Al Krupski, Ryan Attard of Government Affairs of LIRR, Angela Noncarrow representing Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, Shelter Island Deputy Supervisor Amber Brach-Williams, Shelter Island Councilman Jim Colligan, Greenport Village Administrator Paul Pallas and Greenport Village Clerk Sylvia Pirilla.
The new 5 a.m. departure will allow Shelter Island residents the ability to catch the first Long Island Railroad train from Greenport at 5:25 a.m. The North Ferry Co. also will adjust the second departure from 5:40 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. in order for passengers to meet the 5:55 a.m. Hampton Jitney from Greenport.
Last month, Legislator Flemingworked with the North Ferry, Co. and town officials to organize a public meeting on Shelter Island, to hear the concerns and desires of residents for an earlier ferry departure.
“We appreciate this effort by North Ferry, Co. to accommodate this request in adjusting its morning schedule allowing passengers connecting to the LIRR to get to Penn Station, the airports, and medical appointments at earlier times,” Legislator Fleming.
“North Ferry is in the service business,” said Mr. Hunt. “We were excited by feedback from our customers and happy that we could accommodate this request from our community that makes the intermodal transportation hub even more effective and the environment greener.”
Shelter Island resident, Elizabeth Galle, whose husband took advantage of the earlier train time this week, said, “For me this is life-changing. We are so happy that our concern was heard.”