Citywide Ferry Service

Last Updated June 29, 2016

Beginning in 2017, Citywide Ferry Service will provide a new, affordable way to travel between waterfront communities throughout New York City.


The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is working with the Office of Mayor de Blasio to launch the Citywide Ferry Service. The service will consist of five new ferry routes in addition to the existing East River Ferry service, charging a fare of $2.75. The service will further the mayor's goals of:

  • providing affordable and convenient transit for communities with limited transportation options;
  • supporting growing neighborhoods;
  • and increasing the resiliency and redundancy of our city's transportation network.

When the Citywide Ferry Service is fully operational in 2018, the six routes will carry an estimated 4.6 million trips per year. Building on several years of ferry planning and operations experience, NYCEDC is leading the project by building ten new ferry landings, renovating six others, and selecting operator(s) to run the service.


Citywide Ferry Service will be launched in two phases. The Astoria, South Brooklyn, and Rockaway routes will begin operation in 2017, and the Soundview and Lower East Side routes in 2018. For more information about each route, follow the links below.

Astoria | South Brooklyn | Rockaway | Soundview | Lower East Side | East River Ferry


NYCEDC is working diligently to implement the Citywide Ferry Service, first unveiled by Mayor de Blasio in his 2015 State of the City address. We have already made progress in several key areas, and have identified the remaining milestones required to execute the plan on schedule.

We have already completed several key milestones, including:

  • Construction Manager Selection
  • Barge Fabricator Selection
  • Operator Selection

Currently, we are in the process of:

Summer 2015-
Summer 2016

Environmental Review

Summer 2015-
Summer 2018

Community Outreach

Our next steps include:

Fall 2015-
Winter 2017/2018

Barge Fabrication and Installation

Spring 2016

Waterfront Permitting

Spring 2016

Detailed Landing Design

Winter 2016/2017

Service Testing

Spring 2017-
Summer 2017

Phase I Service Launch

Spring 2018

Phase II Service Launch

Environmental Review

NYCEDC is conducting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the project's potential to affect the environment. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development is acting as lead agency for environmental review; NYCEDC is preparing the EIS on behalf of the Deputy Mayor. On August 12, 2015, the Office of the Deputy Mayor issued a Positive Declaration determining that the proposed actions must be analyzed in an EIS prepared pursuant to City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR). At the same time, a Draft Scope of Work for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)—which contained a description of the proposed project and the tasks that would be undertaken to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project—was issued for public comment.

A series of public scoping meetings were held to provide a forum for public comments on this Draft Scope of Work. Written comments on the Draft Scope of Work were accepted until October 8, 2015. NYCEDC and the Office of the Deputy Mayor reviewed the comments received and has incorporated the comments into a Final Scope of Work for an EIS and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

The Notice of Completion for the DEIS was issued on April 18, 2016, which marked the beginning of the public comment period on this document. Comments on the DEIS were accepted in-person at the public hearings, or in writing until 5pm on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Written comments that are post-marked by Monday, June 6, 2016 were accepted into the record. The comment period is now closed.

All of the environmental review documents are available through CEQR Access, and can also be found below:

Determination of Significance (Positive Declaration)

Environmental Assessment Statement

Draft Scope of Work

Final Scope of Work and Response to Comments

Notice of Completion of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Cover Page and Table of Contents 

Executive Summary

Chapter 1 – Project Description

Chapter 2 – Land Use, Zoning, and Public Policy

Chapter 3 – Socioeconomic Conditions

Chapter 4 – Open Space

Chapter 5 – Urban Design

Chapter 6 – Natural Resources

Chapter 7 – Transportation

Chapter 8 – Air Quality

Chapter 9 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Chapter 10 – Noise and Vibration

Chapter 11 – Public Health

Chapter 12 – Construction Impacts

Chapter 13 – Mitigation

Chapter 14 – Alternatives

Chapter 15 – Unavoidable Adverse Impacts

Chapter 16 – Growth Inducing Aspects of the Proposed Action

Chapter 17 – Irreversible and Irretrievable Commitments of Resources

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

DEIS Public Hearing Presentations:

Manhattan Public Hearing (5/19)

Queens Public Hearing (5/23)

Brooklyn Public Hearing (5/24)

Bronx Public Hearing (5/25)


Community Outreach and Engagement

Engaging with community stakeholders, elected officials, businesses, and civic organizations is a key component of successful implementation of the Citywide Ferry Service. The initial phase of our outreach efforts involved briefings with federal and local elected officials, coordination with regulatory partners, and discussions with public and private waterfront property owners. In our current phase of engagement, we are connecting with community boards, civic organizations, advocacy groups, and local businesses. We will continue to engage with communities throughout the city as we approach the 2017 and 2018 service launches. Please find a calendar of public events below.

June 16, 2016

Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition

6:30pm at Ryan Visitor Center on Floyd Bennett Field  (50 Aviation Rd., BK, NY11234)  

If you would like to host a meeting with NYCEDC about the Citywide Ferry Service or are interested in job opportunities with the private company that will be operating the service, please email us at

Research and Reports

Over the past several years, NYCEDC has undertaken a number of studies and pilot projects that helped us to determine the landings, routes, and service characteristics that would best support citywide ferry expansion. These include:

The Citywide Ferry Service, informed by these prior efforts, is also a key initiative in Mayor de Blasio's OneNYC plan for tackling growth, equity, sustainability, and resiliency in New York City.

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