The Modern Day Staten Island Ferry

By: McKenzie Beehler & Vitjitua Ndjiharine

The Staten Island Ferry continues to bridge the old and new in New York City.

Today, the latest ferry designs bring commuters back to 1926. According to, the original ferries were painted white and ran on steam. Because of fog and snow, present-day ferries are bright orange for clear identification on the water.

Yet, these ferries continue to feature outdoor seating with an aesthetic similar to the 1926 version. The newest ferry is named Spirit of America, in honor of Staten Islanders’ persevrence throughout the 9/11 tragedy.

These up-to-date ferries transport over 65,000 commuters every day. Passengers can take the 25-minute voyage 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. It takes approximately 5 boats and 104 trips, per day to transport passengers. And more than 33,000 trips are made annually.

Clearly, these ferries are not running out of steam.

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