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New York set to launch Citywide Ferry Service in 2017

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

By June 2017, you should be able to take to the sea for the price of a Metrocard swipe.

Mayor de Blasio announced today that Hornblower, Inc. will operate New York's first Citywide ferry service that should be up and running by spring of next year. The service will use ferries to move passengers between the Rockaways, Red Hook, Long Island City, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park and Manhattan with an estimated 4.6 million trips a day. It will also incorporate the currently operating East River Ferry, which the city purchased, into its network.

Similar to the proposed Brooklyn-Queens streetcar, the mayor is hoping to provide free transfers from the ferries to the city's busses and subways, but that will require cooperation with the MTA.

Twelve ferries are expected to be operating in 2017 with the remaining six ferries added to the fleet in 2018. Check out the route below.

RIP New York Water Taxi.

Map: Courtesy EDC

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