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Bike Ferry quickly achieves milestone

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The new Queen City Bike Ferry has been operating for just a month, but the service has already reached a significant milestone. The ferry transported its 10,000th passenger on Friday. The ferry provides an easy means for bike riders and pedestrians to go between the inner and the outer harbors. Rich Hilliman is the operator of the ferry, and he expressed his surprise at the great popularity of the service.

"We had never imagined it being as popular as it is. We're very proud to have taken 10,000 riders across. We're very excited to take many more thousands across this year and many years to come."

The milestone rider proved to be 8-year-old Luke Gworek. He is a leukemia patient at Roswell Park. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was on hand to present Gworek with a new bicycle, and Robert Gioia, Chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, present him with a free pass for the ferry for a year.

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