New Yorkers are getting an inside look at the new state-of-the–art ferryboats expected to hit the water — and connect 21 neighborhoods — by next year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio released new renderings on Thursday morning of the Citywide Ferry vessels that will launch phase one of the service in summer 2017 and be operated by Hornblower Inc.
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The ferry service —which will include 19 boats and cover more than 60 miles of the city's waterways — is the first in more than a century and will cost riders the same as a subway ride. It will connect neighborhoods such as Astoria, the Rockaways, Bay Ridge and the Lower East Side.
The new renderings, designed by Incat Crowther, showcase the features the vessels are expected to provide including charging stations, concessions, spaces for bicycles, free Wi-Fi throughout the boat, heated decks and more.
“The greatest city in the world deserves the greatest ferry system in the world. That’s exactly what New Yorkers are getting with these modern, efficient boats that come with Wi-Fi, charging stations, and plenty of space to move around comfortably,” de Blasio said. “Most importantly, when we launch Citywide Ferry next summer we will be connecting New Yorkers in transit-starved neighborhoods with good jobs and opportunities all over the city.”
The price of a ride on the ferry service will be set to the price of a MetroCard, with a launching price of $2.75 per trip. The East River Ferry will also be fully integrated into Citywide Ferry, which will bring the cost of that service down from $4 to $2.75.
New Yorkers can also take a two-minute survey about Citywide Ferry through www.citywideferry.nyc and will be automatically entered to win one of five annual Citywide Ferry passes once service begins.
Winners of the annual passes will be announced as the ferry services gets closer to launch with one entry per person.
“We’re excited to give New Yorkers a sneak peek at the brand new, state-of-the-art boats that will soon be connecting 21 landings around the five boroughs,” said Maria Torres-Springer, president of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. “Citywide Ferry Service is going to be a game changer, helping millions of New Yorkers access quality jobs and recreation along our city’s waterfront.”