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New York City Transportation and Maritime Traditions

New York City is situated in the southeastern New York State at the mouth of the Hudson helping the city grow in significance as a trading port. The land has been altered substantially by human intervention, with considerable land reclamation along the waterfronts since Dutch colonial times.

Verazzano Narrows BridgeMass transit in New York City, most of which runs 24 hours a day, accounts for one in every three users of mass transit in the United States, and two-thirds of the nation’s rail riders live in the New York City Metropolitan Area. The iconic subway system is the largest in the world with 472 stations in operation and 1.76 billion passenger rides. Grand Central Terminal is the world’s largest rail station by number of platforms.

The Staten Island Ferry, largest in the world, carries over 23 million passengers on the 5.2-mile (8.4 km) route between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan, running 24 hours a day; other ferries shuttle commuters between Manhattan and other locations within the city and the metropolitan area.

Staten Island FerryThe Transport Infrastructure includes 12,000 Taxis and several Transportation Network Companies

The Story of Mobility in America

Maritime Museums in Historic Towns

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The Maritime Industry comprises deep-sea merchant ships, tugs and barges, port and terminal operations, pilotage, freight forwarding, chartering, intermodal services, admiralty law, passenger and excursion services, Great Lakes and inland waterways shipping, shipbuilding and repair, naval architecture and marine engineering, training, vessel classification societies, marine insurance and recreational boating. In New York State it is a $14 billion a year industry.

passenger ship transportation innovations  have been driven by the maritime industry

The Maritime Museum at Fort Schuyler is funded, staffed, operated and maintained though volunteer support and monetary contributions. Many Maritime College cadets volunteer time to serve as museum tour guides and provide exhibit construction and upkeep of ship models, historic artifacts, nautical photographs and prints of steamship companies.

tug and bargeThe Fort Schuyler Museum is housed on the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College at historic Fort Schuyler, The Bronx, New York. The center bastion is dedicated to the history of Fort Schuyler, completed in 1856, and the Port of New York-New Jersey, both of which have played major roles in the development of the region’s and the nation’s commerce.

The Evolution of Seafaring exhibit encompasses maritime history from the ancient Phoenicians to present day steamship companies and passenger ship lines, with information on Clippers, famous naval battles fought in the United States during the 1700s and 1800s and the technology in ship building tools and navigational equipment used throughout different maritime eras.

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