By John Montone

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Commuters in Brooklyn and Queens now have a new way to get to work all year long in Manhattan.

The new East River Ferry kicked off its maiden voyage on Monday.

“What we really need to do if we’re going to clear out our streets, make our subways a little less crowded, is embrace our rivers as blue highways,” Council Speaker Christine Quinn said during the inaugural ride.

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The ferries will operate between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends from Pier 11 on Wall Street and East 34th Street. The ferries will make stops at DUMBO, Schaeffers Landing and North Sixth Street in Williamsburg, India Street in Greenpoint and Hunters Point South in Long Island City.

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During the summer there will be ferries to Brooklyn Bridge Park on Fridays and Governors Island on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Service will be free until June 24. After that it will cost $4 for a one-way ticket, $12 for an unlimited day pass and $140 for an unlimited monthly pass.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn help launch the new East River Ferry service on Monday, June 13, 2011 (credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

Will you be ditching the subways to ride the ferry to and from work? Let us know!

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