The East River Ferry, originally started as a three-year pilot project, will continue servicing the Brooklyn waterfront into Manhattan until at least 2019, city officials say. The city’s Economic Development Corp. is now searching for an operator to run the popular service for five more years, according to DNAIfo.com. More than 1.6 million passengers have ridden the ferry since it launched in June 2011.
“The East River Ferry has quickly become an integral piece of the city’s transportation network, far surpassing ridership projections for its initial three-year pilot service,” EDC president Seth Pinsky said in a statement, adding that the ferry is a “catalyst for economic development in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.”
The East River Ferry shuttles riders from Brooklyn and Long Island City to Midtown and lower Manhattan for $4 one-way, or $140 for an unlimited monthly pass.