City ferry service launches new Astoria route

August 29, 2017, New York This is ferry good news for Queens commuters. The new Astoria ferry route took off Tuesday morning from Hallets Point peninsula to Wall St.

“It’s a new way for people to get around, and we’ve got to take advantage of it,” Mayor de Blasio told reporters gathered at the launch. (THEODORE PARISIENNE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“It’s a new way for people to get around, and we’ve got to take advantage of it,” Mayor de Blasio told reporters gathered at the launch. “Our streets are too crowded, our subways are too crowded, (but) our waterways are nice and open, and so that’s why we knew we had to get back to the water.” The ferry’s first stop is at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City. From there it moves to Roosevelt Island and East 34th St. before landing at Wall St. The trip takes 47 minutes from start to finish. Boats run every 25 minutes during peak service times. It is part of a larger service expansion by NYC Ferry in the city. There are routes in the Rockaways, South Brooklyn and East River. An additional two lines for riders on the Lower East Side and Soundview area of the Bronx are set to launch next summer. The service costs $2.75 and riders get a free transfer to other ferry routs. But transit advocates are frustrated that there’s no transfer for the MTA’s subways and buses
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