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:
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.
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:
Currently, we are in the process of:
|Summer 2015- |
Our next steps include:
|Fall 2015- |
Barge Fabrication and Installation
Detailed Landing Design
|Spring 2017- |
Phase I Service Launch
Phase II Service Launch
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:
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
DEIS Public Hearing Presentations:
Manhattan Public Hearing (5/19)
Queens Public Hearing (5/23)
Brooklyn Public Hearing (5/24)
Bronx Public Hearing (5/25)
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.
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Jamaica Bay Greenway Coalition
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 email@example.com.
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.