The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Hornblower, the provider of the new citywide ferry service, have just launched the service’s website, which will feature everything from a chance to win an annual ferry pass to a live stream of boat construction.
The construction and development phase of the first citywide ferry service in nearly 100 years will be documented on citywideferry.nyc and riders will get project updates, information on upcoming public meetings and more than 150 local jobs expected to be created.
In addition to this information, five New Yorkers who take a two-minute survey on the site will win Citywide Ferry passes when service starts.
Two of the five new service routes are coming to Queens, including service from Astoria to Wall Street and Rockaway to Wall Street. The Astoria route will also make stops in Long Island City, Roosevelt Island and East 34th Street. The Rockaway service will make a stop at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
A single ride will cost the same as a subway ride and the service will operate from 21 landings across the city. Both Queens and a South Brooklyn service will be operational starting next summer, with the remaining Bronx and Manhattan service to start in summer 2018.
San Francisco-based Hornblower is a 35-year-old company that also operates cruises out of Pier 40 and Pier 15, tours to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Landing Ferry service from New York to New Jersey.
The city estimates that the service will carry an estimated 4.6 million trips per year when it is fully operational in 2018.
“Our hundreds of miles of prime waterfront are a place for New Yorkers to work, live and play, and it’ll be easier than ever to do all three once Citywide Ferry launches next year,” said Cameron Clark, vice president of Hornblower New York. “We also want to hear from New Yorkers on how they plan to use the system, which is why we encourage everyone to take our brief two-minute survey to tell us a little about how they plan to use the system. For that, we’ll reward five lucky New Yorkers with an annual ferry pass.”