Take Your NYC Commute to the High Seas!

May 31, 2019

31 May
2019
Lifestyle & Travel, Tips & Ideas

Take Your NYC Commute to the High Seas!

by Rosa Parsons

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!

NYC Ferry Expanding to All Five Boroughs

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.

NYC Ferry Expansion Service Details

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:

  • Modification to the Astoria Route in May 2019: To add Brooklyn Navy Yard.
  • Launch of St. George Route in 2020: St. George, Battery Park City/Vesey Street, Midtown West (W. 39thStreet/Pier 79).
  • Extension of the Soundview Route in 2021: Throggs Neck/Ferry Point Park, Soundview/Clason Point, East 90th Street, Midtown East/E. 34th Street, Wall Street/Pier 11.
  • Launch of Coney Island Route in 2021: Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Wall Street/Pier 11.
  • Modification to the South Brooklyn Route in 2021: The South Brooklyn Route will be adjusted to commence from Sunset Park/Brooklyn Army Terminal. Bay Ridge will be added to the new Coney Island Route instead and will no longer stop at DUMBO/BBP1. As an alternative, DUMBO/BBP1 will only be accessible via the East River.

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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