Full Steam Ahead for NYC Ferries Expansion Plan

"It's official. The NYC Ferry will now serve all five boroughs," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Jan. 14. "We're delivering new routes to Staten Island, Coney Island, and new stops in the Bronx and Brooklyn."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has released more details about a planned expansion of the NYC Ferry system, which will begin serving all five boroughs in 2020. The expansion includes the addition of two new routes that will run from Staten Island and Coney Island, as well as modification of two existing routes to include new stops in the Bronx and Brooklyn. A new ferry stop in the Throggs Neck/Ferry Point Park section of the Bronx will join the Soundview route, and a stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be added to the Astoria Route.

"It's official. The NYC Ferry will now serve all five boroughs," de Blasio said Jan. 14. "We're delivering new routes to Staten Island, Coney Island, and new stops in the Bronx and Brooklyn. As New Yorkers take to the water to get around our city more than ever before, we will look forward to improving the NYC Ferry system to make it better than ever."

"In less than two years, NYC Ferry has become one of the most reliable, affordable, and beloved transit systems in the city," said James Patchett, New York City Economic Development president and CEO. "Expansion of the system means getting even more New Yorkers where they need to go, increasing access to good-paying jobs, schools, and other neighborhoods, all for the price of a subway ride. We are proud to have delivered an invaluable asset to the city that makes all five boroughs fairer and stronger."

The NYC Ferry expansion includes:

  • Launch of the St. George Route in 2020. The new route will run from St. George to Battery Park City/Vesey St., ending at Midtown West (W. 39th St. /Pier 79). Anticipated total run time is ~35 minutes.
  • Launch of the Coney Island Route in 2021, including a stop in Bay Ridge before ending at Wall St. /Pier 11, an anticipated total run time of ~35 minutes from start to finish. The route is estimated to serve approximately four thousand NYCHA residents that live within a half-mile radius of the landing.
  • Extension of the Soundview Route in 2021. A new landing in Throggs Neck/Ferry Point Park will be added to the Soundview route. Launched in August 2018, the Soundview route connects residents and workers in the East Bronx with stops on Manhattan's Upper East Side (E. 90th St.), Midtown East/E. 34th St. and Wall St./Pier 11. Riders boarding at the new Throggs Neck/Ferry Point Park ferry stop are able to transfer for free to the East River, Rockaway, Astoria, and South Brooklyn routes at East 34th St. and Wall St. /Pier 11. The extended route will take approximately ~51 minutes from start to finish.
  • Modification of the South Brooklyn Route in 2021. The route will be reconfigured to start from Sunset Park/Brooklyn Army Terminal instead of Bay Ridge, which will be added to the new Coney Island Route and will no longer stop at DUMBO/BBP1. Alternatively, DUMBO/BBP1 will only be accessible via the East River Route. Starting in 2021, the new estimated run time will be ~34 minutes from start to finish. In addition to current route reconfiguration, future modifications may occur to expand service to emerging job clusters.
  • Modification of the Astoria Route in 2019 to include the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In May 2019, a stop will be added at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the Astoria Route. The Navy Yard, which currently serves as NYC Ferry's homeport, is undergoing a historic expansion of the campus and is expected to more than double its workforce by 2020. The Navy Yard ferry stop also offers a new commuting option for the many surrounding neighborhoods along the stretch of waterfront, including more than 14,000 NYCHA residents. The Astoria Route will take ~45 minutes from start to finish.

In 2015, de Blasio announced his vision for a six-route citywide ferry service that would expand transportation access across the city affordably and reliably. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, NYCEDC launched the East River, Rockaway, South Brooklyn, Astoria, Lower East Side, and Soundview routes. With 21 landings across New York City, NYC Ferry has served nearly 8 million riders to date. With the addition of the St. George and Coney Island routes and the Throggs Neck/Ferry Point Park and BK Navy Yard landings, revised annual ridership forecasts project the system will reach 11 million annual riders by 2023.

"Our city's ferries have proven to be a great alternate mode of transportation and a useful utilization of our waterfronts," said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. "I'm thrilled that ferry service is being expanded across the city and that residents on the West Side will now have a direct link to Lower Manhattan and Staten Island. I want to thank EDC and the administration for their commitment to expanding ferry service in the city."