Starting Aug. 29, a new ferry route comes to Long Island City, enabling Western Queens commuters to travel to the Lower East Side in about a half hour.
The Lower East Side Route will run from Wall Street/Pier 11 to Long Island City, a 32-minute trip with stops in Corlears Hook, Stuyvesant Cove and East 34th Street.
“For the same cost of a subway ride, New Yorkers that live and work in these communities will now have a fast, affordable and convenient way to get around the city,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President James Patchett.
Since setting sail in May 2017, NYC Ferry has served over 5 million riders across the Astoria, East River, South Brooklyn and Rockaway routes. Last month, NYC Ferry introduced the Ocean Queen Rockstar, the first of six 350-passenger vessels that can accommodate high ridership demand.
Last month, Queens Council Member Francisco Moya introduced a city council bill that would extend ferry service to the Flushing with a stop at Willets Point.
“Just because you don’t live next to a train station, or can’t afford to, doesn’t mean you should be cut off from public transportation,” Moya said in a statement. “Extending the NYC Ferry service to Citi Field Park will give Queens residents more travel options, expand their radius for employment, medical care, education and leisure.”
The city’s ferry system currently shuttles commuters to and from four Queens docks located at Hunters Point South, Long Island City, Astoria and Rockaway. There are eight stops in Brooklyn between Bay Ridge and Greenpoint and four ports in Manhattan between 34th Street and Wall Street. Later this summer, a new ferry line will head north to Manhattan’s East 90th Street and the Bronx neighborhood of Soundview.
Alexandra Rosa, the executive vice president at Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation, told the Queens Daily Eagle that her organization is “supportive of any plan that brings more ferry service to this part of Queens.”
“We see ferry service as a valuable option that would bring much needed relief to transit riders in this section of Queens,” Rosa said. “We look forward to working with our elected officials to find a proper site for the landing that would benefit the most riders.”