NEW YORK, NY—Today, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) released the schedule for NYC Ferry's Astoria Route, the final route to launch this year. Beginning on Tuesday, August 29th at 6:30 a.m., the Astoria Route will connect residents and workers in Astoria, Roosevelt Island, and Long Island City to Midtown and Lower Manhattan, shortening commutes for thousands of New Yorkers.
The 45-minute Route makes 5 stops: Astoria, Roosevelt Island, Long Island City, East 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan, and Wall Street's Pier 11. Astoria Route passengers will also be able to transfer to all other NYC Ferry routes at East 34th Street and Wall Street’s Pier 11. Detailed timetables, along with a map of all 2017 routes, can be viewed here.
"In less than four months, NYC Ferry has been a tremendous success, serving more than 1.4 million riders. Now we're launching the Astoria Route, providing much needed public transit for people in Western Queens and Roosevelt Island,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. "For the same cost of a subway ride, we're connecting New Yorkers with good jobs and opportunities all across the city."
“In just under four months, we’ve seen the excitement firsthand from New Yorkers and visitors alike who have chosen to hop on board and experience the newest way to work, live, play across our growing waterfront network,” said Cameron Clark, Senior VP for NYC Ferry by Hornblower. “Now with the Astoria Route launching, which includes stops in Astoria at Hallets Cove, Roosevelt Island and Long Island City at Gantry State Park, along with the ability to transfer to all other NYC Ferry routes at East 34th Street and Wall Street, all for the same price as a single subway ride, NYC Ferry is a great choice for even more New Yorkers. Download the NYC Ferry App and get onboard.”
The opening of the Astoria Route follows the successful launches of the Rockaway and South Brooklyn Routes, and the integration of the East River Route. Combined, the routes have served over 1.4 million riders to date.
Once the NYC Ferry system is fully operational, the combined routes will cover more than 60 miles of waterway at $2.75 per ride, the same cost of a subway ride, and the cost of a 30-day unlimited ferry pass will be $121, mirroring the cost of a 30-day MetroCard. This price builds on Mayor de Blasio's commitment to ensuring that NYC Ferry is affordable to New Yorkers. The two final routes, Lower East Side and Soundview, will launch next year.
Due to high demand, NYC Ferry recently announced that it will be adding capacity to three of its twenty boats. These new boats will be outfitted with bigger engines and a capacity of up to 250 passengers.
NYC Ferry homeport construction is currently underway at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The 56,000-square-foot maintenance and storage facility will include berthing space for up to 25 boats, supplies and parts, and utilities, including a 40,000-gallon diesel fueling system. The homeport will also be the site for routine maintenance, including exterior and interior cleaning, restocking of food and beverage items, fueling, and basic repairs. It will be fully outfitted by early 2018.
Additionally there will be a new ferry landing at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the East River Route, slated to start service by fall 2018. NYC Ferry is hiring for various jobs, including captains and deckhands. Jobseekers can apply directly through Hornblower's website, www.ferry.nyc. NYC Ferry will ultimately provide 200 jobs, all of which will pay the City's Living Wage or higher and includes comprehensive benefits
Ferry riders can download the NYC Ferry app to purchase e-tickets, allowing for easy scan-and-go boarding, get detailed maps and schedules, and receive real-time notifications and service alerts. Use of the app provides a more environmentally friendly service by reducing the use of paper tickets, although ticketing kiosks will also be available at each landing. The NYC Ferry app is live and available for download in both the Apple and Google Play stores.
For those seeking inspiration for their NYC Ferry travels, NYC & Company has listed suggested places to check out by neighborhood at nycgo.com/nycferry and encourage sharing experiences on social media using the hashtag #seeyourcity.
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