March 29, 2017
The first of 20 new ferry boats built for the soon-to-be-launched Citywide Ferry Service recently left the Horizon Shipyard in Bayou La Batre, AL. This spring, the 20 vessels will journey 1,742 nautical miles across the Gulf of Mexico, through Lake Okeechobee, and up the East Coast to arrive in New York City.The first will arrive in early April 2017, with the rest following quickly after.
“This is a major milestone toward launching Citywide Ferry this summer,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President James Patchett.
With 20 vessels operating at 21 landings across New York City, Citywide Ferry will carry passengers on an estimated 4.6 million trips per year across six routes. A trip will cost just $2.75, the same as a ride on the City’s subway and bus system.
Three routes will commence in 2017, running from Manhattan to South Brooklyn, Astoria and the Rockaways. Along the way, the ferry boats will stop at several once-isolated waterfront neighborhoods that are now growing quickly.
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