- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A study estimates creating a Staten Island Ferry “tourist-only” fare could bring New York City millions of dollars in annual revenue.

The city’s Independent Budget Office says a $4 tourist fee could bring in $2.4 million a year. That’s taking into account the 1 million additional riders expected to visit Staten Island for The Wheel and Empire Outlets shopping center slated to open in 2016.

The study proposes two payment methods, the $4 fee for tourists and a MetroCard for all who live outside Staten Island.

The study was requested by Borough President James Oddo.

He tells the Staten Island Advance (https://bit.ly/1ohBdBz ) he’s not pushing the concept. Hewanted the study to get an objective analysis on how much money could be generated by additional out-of-towners using the ferries.

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Information from: Staten Island Advance, https://www.silive.com

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