If you’ve been jealous of your friends who have the option to take the ferry to work, you may be in for some good news. In his State of the City address yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new plans for expanded ferry service that will offer stops at a number of currently unserved locations throughout the city. The lucky nabes include the Lower East Side, Rockaway Beach, South Brooklyn, Astoria, and Soundview.
De Blasio explained that the new ferry routes will be a cost-effective way to connect communities to needed services. “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.”
Some of the new ferry routes are expected to begin in 2017, with others rolling—err, floating—out the following year. The ferry service expansion will cost the city $55 million over the next three years, with additional proposed routes on deck for Coney Island and Stapleton in Staten Island.
The mayor’s office shared details of the expanded ferry service stops included in the new plan, which are already illustrated on maps. The Astoria line will be the first new route to open in 2017, serving Long Island City, Roosevelt Island, East 34th Street and Pier 11/Wall Street. The same year, the South Brooklyn line will add stops at Pier 11/Wall Street, Bay Ridge, Red Hook, Atlantic Avenue/Pier 6 and Fulton/DUMBO.
The Grand Street ferry on the Lower East Side will make stops in Long Island City, East 34th Street, East 23rd Street, Grand Street and Pier 11/Wall Street. Soundview’s ferry service will begin in 2018 and will hit East 90th Street, East 62nd Street and Wall Street/Pier 11.