New York City is planning three new ferry routes serving Brooklyn and Queens by summer 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
The city signed a six-year contract with San Francisco-based ferry operator Hornblower Inc., which currently runs cruises to the Statue of Liberty and near Niagara Falls.
The first citywide ferry system in more than a century, it will be priced at $2.75 and operate from 21 landings across the city.
“For the price of a single subway ride,” de Blasio said, “tens of thousands of New Yorkers are going to have a new public transit option… It’s going to be a commute like no other: fresh air, harbor views and a fast ride on the open water.”
The city plans to add two more ferry routes to the Bronx and to the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2018.
As part of the service, Hornblower will be delivering at least 18 new boats, which will be equipped with WiFi. All docks and boats will be accessible to people in wheelchairs.