NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg says 1 million passengers have ridden ferries across the East River since the service started just over one year ago.

That’s more than double in initial projection of 409,000 riders.

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Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn rode the ferry from Brooklyn to lower Manhattan on Monday to mark the milestone.

“Using our waterways as transportation corridors makes for a greener and more livable city and knits together rapidly growing neighborhoods in new ways,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “Ferry service is only going to get better for the next million passengers, whether they are headed to work or going to visit our parks or cultural institutions.”

“In just a little more than a year since its launch, the East River Ferry has consistently exceeded paid ridership predictions and provided residents and tourists alike with a fun, scenic alternative to getting around some of New York City’s most vibrant neighborhoods,” said Quinn.

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They said the city will conduct a passenger survey on board the ferry, online and via telephone in order to improve service further.

The service was launched June 13, 2011 as a three-year pilot program. Boats sail from several Brooklyn and Queens locations to East 34th Street and Pier 11 in Manhattan. The one-way fare is $4.

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