The East River Ferry, by far the city's greatest mode of transportation, will continue to serve intrepid
commutersmariners through 2019.
The service was launched in 2011 as a pilot, though it's become a lifeline for those of us who hope to occasionally experience Greenpoint or Long Island City without enduring an hours-long trek on the subway. Horribly, the pilot was set to expire in June of 2014, but awesomely, it's proved sufficiently popular to continue—ridership has actually tripled since the ferry's inception, Crain's reports.
“The East River Ferry has been a huge success and demonstrates the demand for efficient, affordable transit to points along the City’s waterfront,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. “We now can promise commuters and visitors access to these waterfront neighborhoods via ferry for the next five years, sustaining an essential part of our Administration’s transportation vision and spurring economic growth across the City.” Or in other words: "Every time you step foot on this boat, remember who did this for you."
The service, which cost an initial $3 million in city subsidies, will unfortunately come with some caveats: Weekend fare will increase from $4 to $6, and service will be less frequent on winter weekends. Still—what's an extra two bucks compared to never, ever having to sit next to this guy?