I read the memo and my immediate reaction, aside from that the guy who wrote it is woefully uninformed, is that it was a mind-bogglingly naive move to write and send that memo. Of course you don't just spill your guts about everything you think when you're at work. If he had a supervisory position, he would have to be fired because of the possibility that women would work under him. And if not, he could never be promoted. The guy may be able to program, but he is an idiot.
Most of the time the ferry actually doesn't save time over driving. We took it yesterday thinking the Friday traffic would be a nightmare... but bc you have to get to the ferry at least 30 minutes early (with a car) and then it takes time to get off, most of the time it's either a wash or even slightly better to drive. Yesterday, in fact, driving would have been slightly faster. BUT... the trip feels much shorter on the ferry, and it's more pleasant, and sometimes driving through metro NY is a nightmare. With the ferry, you can predict your maximum travel time much more easily.