Queens residents will have an additional mode of transportation next year when the Astoria ferry route launches, and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has just released renderings for the ferry landings coming to the city in 2017.
The sleek, white structures will be 35 feet wide and 90 feet long to provide enough space for passengers to queue before boarding a ferry, according to the EDC. When the landings are fully complete, each will be equipped with canopies and wind screens to provide shelter during bad weather.
Ticket machines and waiting areas will all be on the barge to avoid impact on the landing site.
Barges for the ferry landings are being fabricated by Skanska at May Ship Repair on Staten Island. The ferry landings are being designed by McLaren Engineering Group. Each ferry landing will be built by marine engineers to fit site-specific conditions for every location around the city, the EDC said.
A total of 10 ferry landings are being fabricated for the service launch in 2017.
“Citywide Ferry is going to connect New Yorkers in 21 neighborhoods around the city with new opportunities for jobs and recreation – all for the price of a subway ride,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “Building the landings is another huge step as we work toward launching this exciting service in 2017.”