PortNYC maintains 12 ferry landings throughout the City. PortNYC also launched the East River Ferry service with NYWaterway in June 2011.
The new ferry services have unlocked the economic potential of the City's emerging waterfront communities. Hundreds of thousands of passengers have relied upon the frequent, reliable service connecting Manhattan with various destinations in Brooklyn and Queens.
Ferries serve as a compliment to the city’s mass transit system, offering waterfront residents more convenient transit options. In underserved areas, ferries can provide much needed transportation options (in some places along the city’s waterfront the nearest subway stop is more than ¾ mile away).
As waterfront across the City continues to be reclaimed for recreation and new communities, ferries can help provide the basic transportation infrastructure required for sustainable growth. And, as trains and buses along the waterfront continue to become increasingly congested, ferries can help alleviate overcrowding.
Ferries do more than just move commuters and visitors; they can also make our city safer. Ferries have also been called upon on numerous occasions to provide emergency and transportation services during times of crisis.
PortNYC is working closely with other agencies including the New York City Department of Transportation, the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as well as private operators and the community to expand ferry service and continue to develop a safe, reliable, and convenient alternative mode of transportation.
|Operator:||East River Ferries|
James Wong, Director of Ferries