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NYC Ferry South Brooklyn Route a Hit

July 6, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Since launching on June 1, the NYC Ferry South Brooklyn Route has carried over 83,500 riders in neighborhoods around the city.

The South Brooklyn Route connects riders from Bay Ridge to Sunset Park to Red Hook and Downtown Brooklyn, with a seasonal connection to Governor’s Island. There are currently three NYC Ferry routes operating, with a fourth set to launch in August: the Astoria Route, which will connect Astoria, Long Island City North, Roosevelt Island, East 34th Street and Wall Street/Pier 11. The two final routes, Lower East Side and Soundview, will launch next year.

“In just a little over one month, the South Brooklyn Route has already provided 83,500 riders with a convenient, comfortable and scenic way to get around the city,” said NYCEDC President James Patchett. “Surpassing initial projections by over 33,000 riders shows how excited New Yorkers are for this new transit option. And with three more routes slated to launch within the next year, we’re looking forward to bringing NYC Ferry to even more neighborhoods across the city.”

Once fully operational in 2018, the NYC Ferry system will cover more than 60 miles of waterway at $2.75 per ride, the same cost of a subway ride, and the cost of a 30-day unlimited ferry pass is $121, mirroring the cost of a 30-day MetroCard.

Ferry riders can download the NYC Ferry App to purchase e-tickets, allowing for easy scan-and-go boarding, and get detailed maps and schedules, as well as real-time notifications and service alerts.

NYC Ferry homeport construction is currently underway at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The 56,000-square-foot maintenance and storage facility will include berthing space for up to 25 boats, supplies and parts, and utilities, including a 40,000-gallon diesel fueling system. Additionally, there will be a new ferry landing at the Brooklyn Navy Yard near the homeport facility that will be part of the East River Route and is slated to start service by fall 2018.

NYC Ferry is hiring for various jobs, including captains and deckhands. Jobseekers can apply directly through Hornblower's website, www.ferry.nyc.

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