NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The City Council Transportation Committee is holding a hearing Monday on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ferry plan.

Calling New York “the ultimate coastal city,” the mayor proposed the creation of a ferry system in all five boroughs back in February.

The plan is for the first three routes to originate from the Astoria, Rockaways and South Brooklyn sections of the city in 2017. The next year, additional routes would start for Soundview in the Bronx, and the Lower East Side.

The five new routes would join the ferry routes already in existence, the Staten Island Ferry route and the East River Ferry route. The city also is looking ahead to a potential Coney Island/Staten Island route.

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