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In March, we took a deep dive into the Citywide Ferry system that will open (partially) in the summer of 2017, the first citywide ferry in one hundred years. Yesterday, the NYCEDC and Hornblower, the selected operator of the ferry system, launched an official website in advance of the launch. The Citywide Ferry system will have a total of six routes, which will run in addition to the existing East River Ferry. The price however, will be the same as a Metrocard swipe ($2.75). Through the new website, you can explore the routes and see how long segments will take.

Map of proposed Citywide Ferry Service stops and routes via NYCEDC

Some takeaways:

  • It will take one hour from the Rockaways to Wall Street via Brooklyn Army Terminal
  • It will take 45 minutes from Bay Ridge to Wall Street with stops in Red Hook, at Brooklyn Army Terminal, Dumbo, and two stops in Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 1 and Pier 6)
  • It will take 43 minutes from Astoria to Wall Street with stops at Roosevelt Island, Long Island Cit and East 34th Street
  • There will be new landings in Manhattan: Grand Street on the Lower East Side and Stuyvesant Cove (between 18th and 23rd Street). The Lower East Side route will open in summer 2018
  •  Also in Summer 2018, a link to the Bronx will be open. The route will run from Soundview in the Bronx, to East 90th Street, East 62nd Street, to Wall Street/Pier 11. The whole route would take 43 minutes.
  • It is expected that the Citywide Ferry service will carry 4.6 million passengers per year

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Currently, the Citywide Ferry system is in the process of environmental review, community outreach, permitting and barge fabrication/installation. The next Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) public hearing is on May 19th in Manhattan, followed by one in each borough the same month.

Read more about the Citywide Ferry system here.