Buffalo’s waterfront is one step closer to having a water taxi service between the Inner and the Outer Harbor. Assemblyman Sean Ryan’s office has stated that plans have been confirmed to move forward with the concept. Funds for the operation have been identified and landing points have been worked out. Ryan is anticipating that the water taxi will be a huge hit with people looking for a quick and inexpensive ride back and forth (especially for cyclists).
Assemblyman Sean Ryan said “I thank ECHDC for approving the next step in this important plan to improve connectivity along our waterfront. The new Canalside bicycle and pedestrian ferry will be a welcome addition to our waterfront, and will provide a vital link between the activity at Canalside, and the growing number of amenities along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The ferry will help to improve public access to the waterfront, which remains the most important goal going forward.”
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) has agreed to improve the land at First Buffalo Marina (land owned by the State) in order to create an access point for the Canalside Bicycle and Pedestrian Ferry. Passengers arriving to the Outer Harbor will then be able to enjoy amenities such as Times Beach Nature Preserve, and the new Buffalo Harbor State Park.
All total, the ferry project will cost $492,000 ($142,000 to design the improvements and $350,000 in construction costs). Improvements to land owned by New York Power Authority entail a paved pedestrian pathway. There will also be a shelter, signage, benches, planters and bike racks. The ferry is scheduled to launch next June. A public hearing will be held soon.