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NYC Ferry braces for Soundview, Lower East Side routes

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The routes will premiere this summer

Amy Plitt

Making good on its promise of launching two new ferry routes this summer, the De Blasio administration announced today that it’s making progress on the new ferry landing coming to the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx, the first and only ferry stop announced for the borough to date.

In addition to its launching pier at Clason Point in the Bronx, the Soundview ferry will stop at a new landing at East 90th Street as well as make stops at the existing landings at East 34th Street and Wall Street/Pier 11. The Lower East Side route will also launch this summer and run from Wall St./Pier 11 to Long Island City making stops at Corlears Hook, Stuyvesant Town, and East 34th Street.

The ferry, which offers free connections and costs the same as a subway swipe at $2.75, has bucked ridership expectations from the get-go. More than 3 million riders took trips on the system’s four operational routes in 2017, exceeding ridership projections by 34 percent (or 800,000 people.) In response, the city has commissioned six higher-capacity boats that can hold up to 349 passengers each.

When the two new routes are up and running, NYC Ferry will have 20 vessels operating out of 21 landings across the city. Those vessels, named by the city’s public school kids, include McShiny, Friendship Express, and The Ocean Queen Rockstar.