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NYCEDC Releases Renderings of Ferry Landings For Citywide Ferry Service

May 05 2016

For Price of a Single Subway Ride, New Ferry Service Will Connect More Than Half a Million New Yorkers With 21 Neighborhoods.

Citywide Ferry Service Will Create at Least 155 New, Good-Paying Jobs in New York Harbor

NEW YORK, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today released renderings of the ferry landings being fabricated as part of Citywide Ferry Service. In total, 10 ferry landings are being fabricated for the launch of service in 2017, which will carry an estimated 4.6 million trips per year across six routes, providing new transportation to communities where housing and jobs are growing fast. The new service, operated by Hornblower will fully integrate the East River Ferry, resulting in lower fares for its 4,000 daily riders. The barges for the ferry landings are being fabricated by Skanska at May Ship Repair on Staten Island. The ferry landings are being designed by McLaren Engineering Group.

“Citywide Ferry is going to connect New Yorkers in 21 neighborhoods around the city with new opportunities for jobs and recreation – all for the price of a subway ride,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “Building the landings is another huge step as we work toward launching this exciting service in 2017.”

Ferry landings will be 35 feet wide and 90 feet long, providing ample space for passengers to queue while waiting to board a vessel. When fully complete, the landings will be equipped with canopies and wind screens to provide shelter from inclement weather. Ticket machines and waiting areas will also be located on the barges, allowing for minimal upland impact at the landing sites.

All ferry landings are being designed by marine engineers to best fit specific site conditions for each location around the city. Landing designs are currently under final review by the City’s Public Design Commission.

More Details on Citywide Ferry Service

New Jobs:

  • At least 155 new jobs in the New York Harbor
  • Crew will earn wages above $15 per hour, along with a comprehensive benefits package.
  • Hornblower has a strong history as a strong unionized employer
  • Hornblower will participate in the City’s HireNYC program, which matches qualified applicants from neighborhood-based WorkForce1 training centers.


  • Rockaway, South Brooklyn and Astoria routes 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 (Cornell Tech), Long Island City, East 34th Street 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 an optional link to Governors Island.
  • Soundview and Lower East Side routes to launch in 2018.
  • Routes from Coney Island and Stapleton on Staten Island are in planning stages for future expansion.
  • Combined routes will cover over 60 miles of waterway.
  • Over half a million New Yorkers live within a half-mile of one of the 21 Citywide Ferry landings, including 15,000 families living in NYCHA developments.

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
  • 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 at least 149 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 contract with Hornblower allows the company to charter vessels if necessary to meet the implementation timeline.

City Support:

  • 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.
  • 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 Citywide 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. City is providing $10 million for additional startup costs, such as vessel upgrades and ticketing machines.
  • Potential sponsorships would offset operating costs.
  • City negotiated an option to acquire at least 18 state-of-the-art, highly efficient passenger 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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