Gallery: New East River Ferry Service in NYC Starts Today!

New York City’s public transportation system is one of the best in the country, if not the world, but the MTA is constantly looking for ways to make it even better and more efficient by adding new and improved elements — like water taxis. NYC officials have officially announced the start of the new East River Ferry service, which will transport commuters between East 34th Street and Pier 11 in Manhattan to Long Island City in Queens and to Greenpoint, Williamsburg and DUMBO in Brooklyn. The service officially launched this morning, with Mayor Bloomberg aboard the inaugural ride.

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  1. LICdweller June 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    A shame they chose to position the LIC terminal in a desolate construction zone. I rode the first boat today and did not feel safe walking through abandoned lots at 6.40am. I will not use this service again. The photo accompanying this article
    the terimal implies that the pier is in a centrally located area…which if it were located here thousands of residents live within a block and would more readily use the service. A shame and poorly thought out. I questioned city officials about this and there are no plans to move the terminal because the owner of the route will not pay for it.

  2. milton June 13, 2011 at 6:17 am

    why not go up to East 96th street in Manhattan?

  3. lazyreader June 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    One thing New York could do is open the opportunity for private providers of ferry service. I’m not sure what degree of efficiency the ferries operate under. In Virginia we built the famed Chesapeake Bay bridge and tunnel to replace ferry service. From the early 1930s to 1954, Virginia Ferry Corporation, a privately-owned public service company managed a scheduled vehicular (car, bus, truck) and passenger ferry service between the Virginia Eastern Shore and Princess Anne County (now part of Virginia Beach) in the South Hampton Roads area. A private engineering firm could build and operate their own tunnel underneath the East River. In Paris, France a firm built a vehicular double decker tunnel under the city, turning a 45 minute commute into a 10 minute trip.