Mayor Bill de Blasio recently unveiled new vessel renderings for NYC’s much-anticipated Citywide Ferry Service, which is expected to hit Big Apple waterways in 2017. The nineteen vessels, which will serve 21 landings across the five NYC boroughs, will include many modern amenities designed for the daily commuter such as charging stations, concessions and free Wi-Fi.
According to the design specs, the ferries will be just a bit larger than the standard size and will fit up to 149 people. To increase fuel efficiency, the boats are being made out of lightweight aluminum and will have an innovative hull design. They will also run with T3 engines to reduce emissions and noise levels.
The ferry system is set to launch starting in summer of 2017. According to Mayor de Blasio, the new system is aimed at alleviating common travel headaches for those who live in areas with few transport options.
“The greatest city in the world deserves the greatest ferry system in the world. That’s exactly what New Yorkers are getting with these modern, efficient boats that come with Wi-Fi, charging stations, and plenty of space to move around comfortably. Most importantly, when we launch Citywide Ferry next summer we will be connecting New Yorkers in transit-starved neighborhoods with good jobs and opportunities all over the city,” said de Blasio.
Images via New York City Ferry Service