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Captain’s Log: A Look Back at NYC Ferry’s First Year of Service

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As the spring season sails ahead and as the summer nears, we have a lot to celebrate – including a very successful inaugural year for NYC Ferry!

Launched on May 1st of last year, the system currently operates across four routes -- East River, Astoria, South Brooklyn and Rockaway. The ferries have been a big hit, shortening commute times for millions of New Yorkers, giving them more time to be with family and friends, and the chance to get to know other neighborhoods they might not otherwise visit.

The popularity of NYC Ferry and ridership demand has far exceeded initial projections, and there are no signs of slowing down. Later this summer we’ll launch the Soundview and Lower East Side routes, which we expect to serve as many as 1.5 million additional riders annually. The new routes will connect these communities, which have traditionally had limited transportation options, to job centers and other opportunities throughout the city. 

In an effort to involve some of the youngest New Yorkers in this new transit system, the City held a contest for second-graders to name the NYC Ferry fleet. The winning names were nothing short of extraordinary and truly unique, like Lunchbox, Waves of Wonder, Ocean Queen Rockstar, and Seas the Day. For a full list of vessel names and to watch a fun video click here.

Reconnecting New Yorkers to their waterfront with an affordable and efficient new transportation option is crucial in making the city fairer today and stronger tomorrow. In addition to providing a new, viable transit option that’s the same price as a subway ride, NYC Ferry has also created new economic opportunities for hundreds of New Yorkers that help operate the system every day. In its inaugural year, the system has created more than 250 good-paying jobs in the past year, and hiring is underway for 75 additional positions – including captains, deckhands, customer service agents, ticketing, operations and other positions. New Yorkers of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to apply.

As we look back on year one of NYC Ferry, we’re proud of our growing ridership and how popular the system has already become. But we’re just getting warmed up, and look forward to bringing this opportunity to more communities throughout the City this year. All aboard!

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