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In yesterdays State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a citywide ferry that will connect the 5-boros at the same cost as subway ride.
As reported by The Observer, $10-$20 million in annual subsidies would help to keep the fares affordable for passengers.
The ambitious plan would spur new and upgraded docks, at a projected cost of $55 million. Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen told reporters that work on the necessary infrastructure will begin this year, and 5 new interboro ferry lines serving South Brooklyn, Astoria, the Rockaways, Long Island City and the Lower East Side, and Soundview will launch in 2017.
A sixth proposed line will connect Coney Island to Staten Island and Wall Street.
The Observer: “Today, we announce that we’re launching a new citywide ferry service to be open for business in 2017. New ferry rides will be priced the same as a MetroCard fare, so ferries will be as affordable to everyday New Yorkers as our subways and buses,” Mr. de Blasio said in his State of the City speech at Baruch College today.
The infrastructure—docks and landings—will cost roughly $55 million for the planned routes. It would cost the city between $10 million and $20 million annually to subsidize the service for 4.6 million riders, which would actually be run by private operators, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen told reporters.
The proposal garnered what seemed to be the loudest applause from the audience during Mr. de Blasio’s one hour and 17 minute speech—and far more than the following one to implement 13 new bus rapid transit routes. Mr. de Blasio presented it as a way to connect far-flung neighborhoods with the job and economic opportunities within Manhattan.
Read more from The Observer here…
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee