Are you looking to save time and money on your New York City commute? Don’t overlook the NYC Ferry service, which is finally expanding service to all 5 boroughs! This blog will give you all the info you need to starting planning your NYC commute on the high seas!
In January, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans for expanding the NYC Ferry system. The plan features new routes connecting Staten Island, Manhattan, Coney Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
The city estimates that once these additional routes and stops are in place, 11 million riders will be served each year by 2023. This is an increase of more than 2 million estimated riders from last year alone.
The goal is relieve congestion on the MTA and help commuters to get to work faster, but also to help visitors experience iconic NYC locations.
The commuter ferry service will include new routes from Staten Island to Lower Manhattan, as well as to the West Side of Manhattan. Coney Island will connect to Lower Manhattan, and a new landing is planned in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx. The Astoria Route will also have a new stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
A timeline of new launches and extensions of routes will include:
The system’s fare structure will remain at the price of a MetroCard, at $2.75 per ride. Free transfers for up to 90 minutes between ferry routes are included in this fee.
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