New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) recently released new renderings of the docking stations for the city’s much-anticipated Citywide Ferry Service, which is scheduled to begin next summer. Ten new landings are being built and five existing stations are being upgraded to link six water routes between Manhattan, the Rockaways, Red Hook, Bay Ridge, Astoria, Long Island City and several other locations. According to NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer, the agency has been working with local leaders to ensure that the new landings are built with resilient features aimed at resisting damage from future storms and other climate change issues.
The new floating dock designs show a small ramp leading to a waiting space covered with a white curved roof. Ten new ferries are also being constructed with fuel-efficient engines. The new vessels will be able to carry at least 149 passengers each. “We made sure these are the greenest boats we can use,” Torres-Springer said. According to the NYCEDC, once the service is fully operational in 2018, the service will be making 4.6 million trips annually.
Mayor de Blasio announced the new ferry service in 2015, but the new renderings are quite timely considering the recent news of an impending L train shutdown, which will potentially see the popular train out of service for up to 18 months starting in 2019. The ferry service will be an alternative form of transportation for the daily commutes of 225,000 daily L train riders.
Via Next City
Images via New York City Economic Development Corporation