The NYC Ferry system has announced two expanded routes which will now include the Lower East Side, Manhattan, and The Bronx. The expanded service arrives as a joint initiative with The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Hornblower, a private cruise and charter company that operates NYC’s ferry network.
The Soundview route begins on August 15th and will ferry passengers from Clason Point Park in The Bronx to Wall Street/Pier 11. Stops will include East 90th Street on the Upper East Side and East 34th Street.
The Lower East Side route will begin from Wall Street/Pier 11, stopping at Corlears Hook, Stuyvesant Cove, and East 34th Street, with Long Island City, Queens as the final port. From start to finish, the trip is estimated at about 32 minutes. Service will begin on August 29th.
“We’re excited to launch NYC Ferry service in the Bronx, the Upper East Side and the Lower East Side, which have historically been transit deserts,” said NYCEDC President James Patchett. “For the same cost of a subway ride, New Yorkers that live and work in these communities will now have a fast, affordable and convenient way to get around the city.”
Launched in 2017, annual ferry ridership has ballooned to over 4.5 million passengers. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has since commissioned new vessels to expand the existing fleet’s capacity in response to higher-than-expected ridership.