“Rockaway residents have some of the longest commute times in the city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “We promised we’d bring them our new NYC Ferry service first, and today we’re delivering on that promise.”
The ferry route for Rockaway residents will take commuters from the landing at Beach 108th Street to the Brooklyn Army Terminal and then Wall Street. The trip is expected to be about an hour.
“Residents of the Rockaways are in desperate need of additional transportation opportunities, so bringing NYC Ferry to the peninsula a month early will help get residents to Manhattan more easily and alleviate the crowded A train and local buses,” said Councilman Donovan Richards said.
A one-way trip will cost $2.75, equal to one subway ride, and include a free transfer to any other ferry within the system, including the existing East River Ferry.
Each boat will be able to accommodate approximately 150 passengers and be equipped with wireless internet.
Many elected officials had initially expressed concern over lack of early morning service, but the city will accommodate much of the peninsula’s working class population employed in construction trades with service starting at 5:30 a.m.
The South Brooklyn route will launch on June 1 and the Astoria route will launch sometime in August. Other routes, including Soundview in the Bronx and Manhattan’s Lower East Side, will not launch until 2018. There’s also discussion of future expansion to Coney Island and Staten Island.