The new city-wide ferry system is on schedule to launch in summer 2017, and ahead of that launch, the ferry service, which will be run by the San Francisco-based Hornblower, has launched their new website. Visitors can find out about the ferry, and, more importantly, enter to win a free annual pass. Winners will be announced when the service launches next summer. The site features updates, public meeting info, maps and schedules, and postings for more than 150 jobs that will be created by the new service.
Ferry rides will be $2.75–the same as a MetroCard swipe. Bikes are a dollar extra (there’s also a $20 bike pass). Monthly passes will be available, price TBA. The city says the service will be running an estimated 4.6 million trips a year by the end of 2018. You won’t be able to get free transfers to subways and buses (though you can get them between ferries). Though this is in the works (and the mayor would like to see it happen), the city will be phasing out MetroCards by 2020, making it less than ideal for the ferry service to invest in the current system.
The first year of operation will see eight ferries running on the Astoria, South Brooklyn and Rockaway routes, with six more to be up and running on the Soundview and Lower East Side routes by 2018. That means another travel option for residents of neighborhoods like Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Red Hook, Astoria, Roosevelt Island and Long Island City.
Find out more and enter to win a free annual pass here.
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