East River Ferry pilot program to continue until 2019

That’s not the only news about the popular ferry: Fares are going up and winter weekend service is decreasing

The East River Ferry

The East River Ferry

Like taking the East River Ferry? Then you're in luck, because the floating transit option—a pilot project launched in 2011—is going to continue running until 2019 at least. The program was set to expire in June 2014, but in his last few weeks as mayor, Bloomberg succeeded in extending its city subsidy for another five years. However, the service's smashing popularity has allowed city officials to reduce the $3-million-a-year subsidy significantly. As a result, fares will rise from $4 to $6, and service will decrease on weekends in winter.

Ferry ridership has tripled since 2011. A report from 2012 found that 85 percent of riders are NYC residents, many of whom use it to commute to work in an effective, green and less crowded manner than, say, the subway. The ferry—which makes seven landings in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens—has also benefited from the increase in waterfront developments (we're looking at you, Williamsburg).

(h/t Crain's)

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