De Blasio Dedicates NYC Ferry With Ride To Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A dedication ceremony will be held Monday for the citywide ferry service, now officially named NYC Ferry.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was at Pier 1 in Brooklyn to take part in the maiden voyage of “Lunchbox,” one of eventually 20 new ferries that will provide transportation to neighborhoods where options are limited, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

“Soundview in the Bronx, Red Hook in Brooklyn, Far Rockaway,” de Blasio said. “These are places that have not had enough transportation for their people, and now will have so much more.”

“Lunchbox” was named by a group of second-graders from P.S. 170 in Bay Ridge.

The service is set to begin May 1, one month ahead of schedule, with the Rockaway route and the existing East River route.

A South Brooklyn route will start June 1. An Astoria, Queens route launches in August, followed by Lower East Side and Bronx routes in 2018.

Eventually, 20 ferries will operate at 22 landings across the city.

A ride will cost $2.75.

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