NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s a new way to commute to and from the Bronx.
The New York City ferry launched a new route Wednesday morning. Its maiden voyage took off at 6:30 a.m. from Clason Point park in the Soundview section.
The new route will make three stops along the East River, cutting down the commute for thousands of people.
“I’m using it as an option, because it cuts my commute by like at least 40 minutes and it takes me from my home straight to my job – one fare, and I don’t have to worry about anything,” one woman told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “It’s nice, it’s a nice day, it’s just terrific. I’m really enjoying it. I’m going to sit back and enjoy the ride.”
The ferry is scheduled to leave approximately every half hour during rush hour in the mornings and evenings, Burrell reported. It will start in Soundview, then make its way to stops at East 90th Street, East 34th Street and Wall Street.
“The eastern corridor of the Bronx is so transportation starved, and we’ve been asking for different alternatives,” said Borough President Ruben Diaz. “Not only are they going to be able to avoid the stuffy subways, but look how you’re getting to work now – beautiful sunrise, bridges behind us and skyline.”
“The Bronx well needed this, because we live in a two-fare zone, and this is so convenient,” commuter Denise Clarke said.
“We just needed something that wasn’t as cumbersome trying to get to work,” said commuter Valerie Gibson.
The In total, the ride is expected to be about 46 minutes. The ferry costs $2.75 per ride – the same as the subway.
“It’s beautiful,” one couple said. “Beautiful day.”
“The view is just awesome, awesome view, awesome. You’re relaxing before you get to work, versus being stressed,” said Gibson.
There’s even a bar with snacks and drinks for sale. Jonathan Geraldo said he’s looking forward to showing off to his friends.
“They’re going to be in awe. They’re not going to believe it. I’ve been bragging about the Bronx for the past 30 years and now I can really show it to them,” he said.
The city started the ferry service in four other locations last year and is expected to launch another line on the Lower East Side later this month.