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NYCEDC and Hornblower Announce NYC Ferry App Available For Download

Apr 25 2017

Tickets Now Available for Purchase, 30-Day Pass Same Price as Monthly MetroCard

NYC Ferry Launches May 1st With Service on East River and Rockaway Routes

NEW YORK, NY—NYCEDC and Hornblower, the operator of NYC Ferry, today announced that the brand new NYC Ferry App is live and available for download in both the Apple and Google Play stores. The NYC Ferry App allows riders to purchase both one-way and 30-day passes, which are valid up to one year from the time of purchase. It also provides maps and schedules, as well as real-time notifications and service alerts.

The NYC Ferry App allows for easy scan-and-go boarding – riders simply display their digital tickets as they board. This will provide for a more environmentally friendly service by reducing the use of paper tickets, although ticketing kiosks will also be available at each landing.

NYCEDC and Hornblower also announced that the cost of a 30-day unlimited ferry pass will be $121, the same price as a 30-day MetroCard. This price builds on Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to ensuring that NYC Ferry is affordable to New Yorkers at every income level.

“By reducing the need for paper ticketing, the new NYC Ferry App will make a fast and green transit system even faster and even greener,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “And at just $2.75 a ride, and $121 for a 30-day unlimited pass, NYC Ferry will be an affordable and accessible way for New Yorkers to travel.”

“With the touch of an app and at the same price as a subway ride, we’re excited to offer the newest way for New Yorkers and visitors to Work, Live, and Play throughout New York Harbor come May 1st,” said Cameron Clark, Senior Vice President, NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower. “In addition to connecting communities and providing regular, reliable service, our ferry riders will always feel connected with seamless trip-planning and real-time alerts that will keep everyone informed.”

Today’s app release comes less than a week before the May 1st launch of NYC Ferry service. Detailed timetables, along with a map of all 2017 routes, can be viewed here. When the NYC Ferry system is fully launched in 2018, the combined routes will cover more than 60 miles of waterway.

Last week Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed the first of 20 total NYC Ferry vessels into New York Harbor. In keeping with maritime tradition, the arrival ceremony included the christening of the first NYC Ferry vessel. Named “Lunchbox” by Bay Ridge’s P.S. 170 2nd graders, the first ferry was christened by Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who will serve as “godmother” to the ferry boat.

NYC Ferry is hiring for various jobs, including captains and deckhands. Jobseekers can apply directly through Hornblower’s website, NYC Ferry will ultimately provide 200 jobs, all of which will pay the City’s Living Wage or higher and provide comprehensive benefits.

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More Details on NYC Ferry Service


  • Rockaway, South Brooklyn and Astoria routes are scheduled to launch in 2017.
  • Rockaway route will connect to the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Wall Street.
  • Astoria route will connect to Astoria, Roosevelt Island, Long Island City, East 34th Street<x-apple-data-detectors://6> and Wall Street.
  • South Brooklyn route will connect Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 and Pier 6, and Wall Street, with weekend service to Governors Island.
  • Soundview and Lower East Side routes to launch in 2018.
  • Routes from Coney Island and Stapleton on Staten Island will be considered in future studies after the 2018 routes launch.
  • Combined routes will cover over 60 miles of waterway.

Commuting Times:

  • Rockaway to Wall Street (1 stop): Approximately 1 hour
  • Astoria to E 34th Street (2 stops): Approximately 22 minutes
  • Astoria to Wall Street (3 stops): Approximately 38 minutes
  • Soundview to Wall Street (2 stops): Approximately 43 minutes
  • Bay Ridge to Wall Street (4 stops): Approximately 48 minutes


  • Cost per ride will equal that of a single subway ride.
  • Over 4,000 daily East River Ferry customers will see fares reduced from $4 to the cost of a single subway ride.
  • Fare will allow for free transfers to any other ferry route within the system, including the East River Ferry.
  • Both paper and smartphone ticketing will be available, with payments accepted via cash, credit, or debit card. Discounts will be available for seniors, children and New Yorkers with disabilities.
  • Passengers will be allowed to bring bicycles on board for a $1 fee.

The Boats:

  • Each boat will be able to carry 150 passengers.
  • All boats will be equipped with WiFi.
  • Boats will be fully accessible to New Yorkers with disabilities, and will comply with the requirements of both the Americans with Disabilities Act and New York City Local Law 68 of 2005.
  • New boats will be equipped with the most modern engine design available to reduce emissions and noise, as well as an efficient hull design that will limit wakes and maximize fuel economy.

City Support:

  • The city is investing $55 million in infrastructure upgrades, including building 10 new ferry landings. Barge construction is currently underway at a facility on Staten Island.
  • The city is providing $30 million in operating support per year, over a period of six years. Based on a projection of 4.6 million annual trips, the per-trip subsidy for NYC Ferry Service will be $6.60, lower than the nearly $8 per trip subsidy on the Long Island Railroad or the nearly $15 per trip subsidy for express buses. The city is providing $10 million for additional startup costs, such as vessel upgrades and ticketing machines.
  • City negotiated an option to acquire ferry vessels, allowing for greater operational flexibility and providing significant savings to taxpayers over the life of the service (roughly up to $5 million per year).
  • City will receive a portion of fare-box revenue if ridership exceeds 5.6 million passengers.

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