NYC Ferry’s Astoria route is up and running

NYC_Ferry_5 copyIt’s finally here.

This morning at 6:30 a.m., Mayor Bill de Blasio joined local elected and city officials to officially launch NYC Ferry’s Astoria route.

Starting today, commuters can take the ferry for $2.75 to Long Island City, Roosevelt Island, Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

The Astoria route is expected to add 1,800 riders daily. More importantly, it’ll give the isolated residents of Astoria Houses another way to get around.

Boats will run every 25 minutes during rush hour. Commuters can get to East 34th Street in 29 minutes, the city says.

“After years of advocacy and planning with the neighborhood, we’re happy to open this new route,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides. “The NYC Ferry system expands public transit options for Western Astoria residents and will help revitalize Hallets Peninsula.”

The 30-day unlimited gerry pass will be $121, the same as the price of a monthly MetroCard. Unfortunately, you’ll have to swipe again to enter the MTA subway or bus system.

Download the NYC Ferry app to purchase e-tickets, which will allow for scan-and-go boarding, maps and schedules, and real-time notification and service alerts.

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