NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, joined by elected officials, community residents and leaders, announced the launch of the NYC Ferry route to South Brooklyn. Beginning Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 a.m., the route will connect residents and workers from Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Lower Manhattan, and shorten commutes for thousands of New Yorkers.
Ferries on the new South Brooklyn Route will run every 30 minutes during peak hours on week days, and every 45 to 55 minutes on weekends. NYC Ferry has already carried 243,000 passengers in its first month of service.
“We’re bringing more ferry service to more neighborhoods that need better transit. For decades, neighborhoods like Red Hook haven’t had the options they deserve. We’re changing that. NYC Ferry means an affordable way to get to work, to school and to opportunity,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The South Brooklyn Route makes 7 stops: the Bay Ridge Avenue pier, Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, Atlantic Avenue (BBP Pier 6), DUMBO (BBP Pier 1), and Wall Street’s Pier 11. New schedules for the Rockaway, East River and South Brooklyn Routes will go into effect on June 1. Detailed timetables along with a map of all 2017 routes can be viewed here.
The South Brooklyn Route will add more frequent ferries between some of the system’s busiest destinations – easing crowds and congestion. It will add 40 percent more service between DUMBO and Wall Street during weekday morning and evening peak times. On summer weekends, when NYC Ferry experiences high demand to park destinations across the harbor, the new route will provide the NYC Ferry system with additional service between DUMBO and Wall Street, and more connections from Brooklyn to Governors Island.
The launch of the South Brooklyn Route follows the successful start of the Rockaway Route and the integration of the East River Route, both on May 1. Combined, the routes have served approximately 243,000 riders to date, surpassing initial projections by nearly 93,000 passengers.
Once the NYC Ferry system is fully operational, the combined routes 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 will be $121, mirroring the cost of a 30-day MetroCard. This price builds on Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to ensuring that NYC Ferry is affordable to New Yorkers. The Astoria Route, the fourth of six routes total, is set to launch in August. The two final routes, Lower East Side and Soundview, will launch next year.
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. Use of the app provides a more environmentally friendly service by reducing the use of paper tickets, although ticketing kiosks will also be available at each landing. The NYC Ferry App is live and available for download in both the Apple and Google Play stores.
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 25 boats, supplies and parts, and utilities, including a 40,000-gallon diesel fueling system. The homeport will also be the site for routine maintenance, including exterior and interior cleaning, restocking of food and beverage items, fueling and basic repairs. It will be fully outfitted by early 2018.
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.