June 16, 2016 Staff Report
The City has released new design details and drawings of the ferries that are planned to run along the East River starting in 2017.
The new Citywide Ferry is expected to carry 4.6 million trips per year once it is fully operational in 2018. One of the Citywide Ferry’s six routes will run from Astoria, to Roosevelt Island, to Long Island City, and then to E 34th Street and Wall Street in Manhattan.
There will be 19 ferry vessels serving 21 docks throughout the city, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.
The ferry vessels will include charging stations and free Wi-Fi access.
There will be space for bicycles, strollers and wheelchairs and the ferries will be ADA accessible. They will also have heated decks and concessions will be available.
The boats will carry 149 passengers.
The exact location of the Long Island City dock has yet to be determined; the EDC is looking at a site below Anable Basin off of Center Boulevard at Gantry Plaza State Park, as well as a site above the Basin on 44th Drive. However, EDC officials have stated that they prefer the former option.
Ride fare will be $2.75. The City has also announced that anyone who completes an online survey about the ferry will be entered to win an annual pass for the ferry.