The Staten Island Ferry is a free passenger ferry service operated by the New York City Department of Transportation that runs between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island. It departs Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal, South Ferry, at the southernmost tip of Manhattan near Battery Park. On Staten Island, the ferry arrives and departs from St. George Ferry Terminal on Richmond Terrace, near Richmond County Borough Hall and Richmond County Supreme Court. Service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Staten Island Ferry has been a municipal service since 1905. The five-mile (8 km) ferry ride takes about 25 minutes each way. Riders must disembark at each terminal and reenter through the terminal building for a round trip to comply with Coast Guard regulations regarding vessel capacity and the placeholding optical turnstiles at both terminals.