All aboard! NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen has confirmed that the city expects to launch its five-borough ferry system in June of 2017, according to DNAinfo. The Citywide Ferry Service initiative was first announced by Mayor de Blasio in his 2015 State of the City address and will include additional East River routes from the Rockaways, Long Island City, Astoria, Bay Ridge and Sunset Park.
In her statement, Deputy Mayor Glen explained that the new ferry system is one way the city is trying to facilitate easier transportation within the boroughs. “When you look at the neighborhoods that run along the East River, from northern Queens to Sunset Park down in Brooklyn, that corridor, that strip, are home today to over 600,000 people,” she said. “We are going to make sure that we maximize the impact of this growth by investing in the infrastructure it takes to move people in and out and between these neighborhoods.”
According to Mayor de Blasio’s announcement in 2015, the new ferry system would work as an extension of the city’s public transportation system. “New ferry rides will be priced the same as a MetroCard fare,” he said, “so ferries will be as affordable to everyday New Yorkers as our subways and buses. …. so residents of the Rockaways and Red Hook and Soundview will now be closer to the opportunities they need.”
Although no official ferry operator has been announced, new docks are currently being built at a factory on Staten Island, which ironically is not one of the boroughs that will benefit from the new ferry routes.