Sag Harbor-Greenport Ferry Won't Return in 2013

Peconic Bay Water Jitney was a financial "bust," The Sag Harbor Express reports.

The Peconic Bay Water Jitney — a pedestrian ferry linking Greenport and Sag Harbor operated as a joint venture of Hampton Jitney and Response Marine — is not expected to return in 2013, according to The Sag Harbor Express.

The Express reports that Hampton Jitney President Geoffrey Lynch told the Sag Harbor Village Board Tuesday that while the service was a hit when it came to positive feedback, financially, it was a "bust."

According to the report, Lynch said he is still pursuing funding from public or private sources, including federal money, to bring back the service.

Read the article at sagharboronline.com.

leslie January 09, 2013 at 07:47 PM
The LESS TOURISTS the BETTER You have mademy day THANK YOU
tm January 09, 2013 at 09:07 PM
safe to say you dont rely on tourist money to make a living.
123 January 09, 2013 at 09:57 PM
We could use a car ferry. As an alternate to shelter island ferries. I always feel ripped off after i get off the shelter island ferries. I know about cost of running a boat and those ferries are a cash cow.
John January 09, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Sometimes it really hard to believe what comes out of some peoples mouths, apparently from your comment you have never left the town or village you live in, never went on vacation or traveled to NYC for a show or dinner (least yourself be called a tourist). And no I do not own a business that is dependent on tourist. I'm just a retired guy who unlike you likes people.
Nancy Stein January 09, 2013 at 10:45 PM
I think it's a shame that this was expected to turn a profit within one year. Another season should have been run to see if it would "catch on." And better advertising, with prices and times clearly stated, might have helped too.....
Kathy January 10, 2013 at 02:20 AM
I agree with Ms. Stein, was looking forward to this summer and taking the water jitney. One year is hardly enough time to test this out.
Ralebird January 10, 2013 at 06:58 AM
Boating excursions are nice; using taxpayer funds for boating excursions, not so much. I wonder if Lynch is a "tax and spender" or a "deficit spender".
Liman January 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM
I don't like the idea of public funding for most things, because the projects are often unneccessary, and there is always waste. This strikes me as being different. The existence of this ferry is in itself an added attraction to both towns - even if particular visitors don't happen to use it, it may be among the reasons they spent a day on the East End. I'd suggest that there be a sliding scale of subsidy to make it practical to operate. I'd also want it reviewed every year to see if still serves its purpose. Plus, I think its usage will grow.
MARTIN DREW January 10, 2013 at 01:56 PM
WTF is with this ad covering the story .. Patch you're loosing people with this NONSENSE!!
cm January 10, 2013 at 02:12 PM
I can not read the article.. advertisement is covering the news.
LR January 10, 2013 at 02:42 PM
You have to go to desktop version . Your phone is doing that
julie vasady-kovacs January 10, 2013 at 02:46 PM
I don't think one year was long enough and I agree that it was rather difficult to find the information and ferry schedule. The day I went to try to go across to Sag Harbor from Greenport, I couldn't find a sign to see where to even find the ferry. I think it takes more than one season and a lot more marketing to see it the project would be a success. Julie Vasady-Kovacs
Fran January 10, 2013 at 03:23 PM
As a full time resident for 23 years, I welcomed the Sag Harbor Ferry service to Greenport. Used it many times, alone and with family and friends.....Had a hard time finding where to board at both ends...first time I used it...Needs another season with improved advertising from Montauk to New York City....
jane stuart January 10, 2013 at 03:30 PM
the ferry put no burden on the village. i road it several times to take a day trip to the north fork. we parked at the high school, got picked up by a free van, deposited at the end of the pier and returned the same way. it was the best boat ride for the money! and if it did bring some people, they spent their money for eats, drinks and shopping in Sag which is only a boom to local merchants and helps to ward off the fate that befell east hampton where the only people who can make it are the merchants who dont care if they make money!!!! bring back the ferry. charge another $10 and people will still use it.
ViralGrain January 10, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Nothing that is fun lasts here. And anything that is fun and still remaining comes under harsh attack.
Art Donovan January 10, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Too bad it didn't work out. Perhaps if they could have afforded more time to run it, it might have worked. I would be interested to hear form the merchants of Sag Harbor and Greenport to see if it made a difference in tourist traffic and sales.
Ralebird January 11, 2013 at 06:02 AM
Another source quoted Lynch as saying that credit card information showed the majority of users were local residents. I'd interpret that to indicate it did little to attract tourists. I'd also suggest it may be a "one and done" excursion for curious locals.


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