Talk about convenience.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Hornblower, the official operator of the soon-to-set-sail NYC Ferry, on Wednesday, April 25 announced a brand new app to go along with the waterway service.
Available for download in both the Apple and Google Play stores, the NYC Ferry App provides riders with the opportunity to purchase both one-way and 30-day passes (the cost of which will be the same as one-way and 30-day MetroCards), which are valid for up to one year from time of purchase. It also provides access to maps and schedules, as well as real-time notifications and service alerts.
Furthermore, officials said, the app allows for easy scan-and-go boarding, providing a more environmentally friendly service by reducing the use of paper tickets (though ticketing kiosks will also be available at each landing for those who choose not to use the app).
“By reducing the need for paper ticketing, the new NYC Ferry App will make a fast and green transit system even faster and even greener,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett in a statement. “And at just $2.75 a ride, and $121 for a 30-day unlimited pass, NYC Ferry will be an affordable and accessible way for New Yorkers to travel.”
“With the touch of an app and at the same price as a subway ride, we’re excited to offer the newest way for New Yorkers and visitors to work, live and play throughout New York Harbor come May 1,” said Cameron Clark, senior vice president of NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower. “In addition to connecting communities and providing regular, reliable service, our ferry riders will always feel connected with seamless trip-planning and real-time alerts that will keep everyone informed.”
The app’s release comes less than one week before the May 1 launch of the service’s Rockaway, Queens route and a refurbished version of the pre-existing East River route. The South Brooklyn route – which will depart from Bay Ridge’s 69th Street Veterans Memorial Pier and make stops at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 near Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1 in DUMBO and Wall Street’s Pier 11 (as well as a weekend stop at Governors Island) – will set sail starting June 1.
Officials now claim it will take about 48 minutes to get from Bay Ridge to Wall Street — up five minutes from its previous guesstimate — during which time riders can enjoy free Wi-Fi and purchase snacks and both boozy and non-alcoholic beverages.
The $55 million project — now officially named NYC Ferry — was first introduced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYCEDC in February, 2016. All six of the service’s routes are slated to be up and running (or sailing, rather) by 2018.
The Bay Ridge landing is one of over 20 new ones being constructed, according to officials, who also say the ferry service will span over 60 miles of previously underutilized New York City waterways and accommodate approximately 4.6 million passengers.