Citywide Ferry Service

  • Citywide Ferry Service
Last Updated February 15, 2017

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


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, 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 new ferry landings, renovating existing ferry landings, and managing the contract with Hornblower, the operator providing service on behalf of the City.


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, please visit or 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
  • Environmental Review
  • Detailed Landing Design

Currently, we are in the process of:

Winter 2016-

Fall 2017

Waterfront Permitting

Fall 2015-
Winter 2017/2018

Barge Fabrication and Installation

Fall 2016-

Spring 2018

Vessel Construction

Summer 2015-
Summer 2018

Community Outreach

Our next steps include:

Spring 2017-

Spring 2018

Service Testing

Spring 2017-
Summer 2017

Phase I Service Launch

Spring 2018

Phase II Service Launch

Community Outreach and Engagement

Engaging with community stakeholders, elected officials, businesses, and civic organizations is an essential 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, 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.

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 Environmental Impact Statement, which is available through CEQR Access – search by CEQR number (15DME009Y) or by project name (Citywide Ferry Service).
  • Our 2013 Citywide Ferry Study, which investigated the potential for ferry service at nearly 60 sites throughout the City;
  • The East River Ferry service, which began as a pilot in 2011 and has since been made permanent due to overwhelming success;
  • ferry policy and planning document that reflected on the lessons learned from the East River Ferry and identified best practices; and
  • An earlier Citywide Ferry Study, released in 2011.

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.

News & Updates

Project Highlights

Projected to carry 4.6 million trips per year
550,000 people live within 1/2 mile of proposed landings
Fares will be $2.75
First three routes open in 2017

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Citywide Ferry FAQ

Read the FAQ for more information on the Citywide Ferry System that will begin service in 2017. 

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