It’s official! NYC Ferry is expanding to serve all five boroughs with two new routes and additional stops added to existing routes. The system expansion includes a route from Staten Island to Lower Manhattan and the West Side, a new route from Coney Island to Lower Manhattan, a new landing in the Throgs Neck on the Soundview Route, and a new stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the Astoria Route.
In less than two years, we have become one of the most reliable, affordable, and beloved transit systems in the city. The expansion will increase service to more waterfront communities where neighbors are growing and job centers are flourishing.
The service expansion is expected to commence:
- The launch of the St. George Route in 2020: George, Battery Park City/Vesey Street, Midtown West (W. 39th Street/Pier 79)
- The launch of the Coney Island Route in 2021: Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Wall Street/Pier 11
- Extension of the Soundview Route in 2021: Throgs Neck/Ferry Point Park, Soundview/Clason Point, East 90th Street, Midtown East/E. 34th Street, Wall Street/Pier 11
- Modification of the South Brooklyn Route in 2021: The South Brooklyn Route will be reconfigured to commence from Sunset Park/Brooklyn Army Terminal instead of Bay Ridge, which will be added to the new Coney Island Route, and will no longer stop at DUMBO/BBP1. Alternatively, DUMBO/BBP1 will only be accessible via the East River
- Addition of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Stop on the Astoria Route in May 2019.
Since the launch of our first six routes in the summers of 2017 and 2018, we have launched the East River, Rockaway, South Brooklyn, Astoria, Lower East Side, and Soundview Routes. During that time we have served nearly eight million riders to date. With the expansion, the NYCEDC’s revised annual ridership forecast projects the system will reach 11 million annual riders by 2023.
Since the time the system has been active, NYC Ferry has been proven to be a great alternative mode of transportation and useful utilization of our waterfronts. The expectation of the new expansion is that it will provide new transit options for New Yorkers, better connect our neighborhoods, and strengthen the local economy.
Our system’s fare structure will remain pegged to the price of a MetroCard at $2.75 per ride with free transfers up to 90 minutes between ferry routes. The City of New York will invest $100 million in capital to procure new boats, build new landings, and invest in existing landings.
We have created over 325 jobs such as captains, deckhands, customer service agents, ticketing, operations and more and are currently accepting applications. We will begin hiring in advance for the expansion of the system in 2020 and 2021 next spring. New Yorkers of all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to apply. Job seekers can apply directly at https://www.ferry.nyc/career/.
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