New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today announced that a scale model of the new Citywide Ferry vessels will be on display at the New York Public Library’s Soundview branch in the Bronx as part of a multi-borough tour. The model will be on display at the library through Wednesday, March 22nd, before moving to The Bronx Museum of the Arts where it will be on display through March 31st.
The model will give Bronx residents an opportunity to preview some of the exciting features that will be offered on the modern, efficient ferry boats that are currently under construction. Such features include spacious seating, bicycle racks and charging stations. Other specs and features of the Citywide Ferry vessels include:
Capacity for 150 passengers along with space for bikes, strollers and wheelchairs.
ADA Local Law 68/2005 accessibility and compliance.
Boats are 85 feet long, offering passengers more space than more traditional ferries.
Ferries are primarily built out of aluminum, which is safe, light weight and increases fuel efficiency. The fleet of 19 vessels will be built with the equivalent of over 77 million cans of aluminum.
Use of ultra-efficient engines to reduce emissions.
Innovative hull design to limit wake and maximize fuel efficiency.
Wi-Fi available throughout the vessel.
Heated decks that increase each vessel’s resiliency and durability, especially during the cold, snowy winter months.
The ferry model began its voyage at Queens Borough Hall and the Rockaway Library earlier this year before continuing on to Brooklyn Borough Hall and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office.
Set to launch in 2018, the Soundview route of the Citywide Ferry Service will connect communities in the Bronx with job centers throughout New York City. The approximately 45 minute route will begin in Soundview and make stops at East 90th Street and East 62nd Street before landing at Wall Street/Pier 11. The East River Ferry will be integrated into Citywide Ferry Service, which will reduce the cost of that service to $2.75 from $4, the same cost of a subway ride.
“Citywide Ferry Service’s Soundview route will provide a convenient, reliable and affordable transit option for Bronx residents,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “The ferry model will be on display at the Soundview Library and the Bronx Museum of the Arts for the next three weeks to give Bronxites a firsthand look of the state-of-the-art vessels that will transform the way they commute across the city.”
"Ferry service in The Bronx has long been a priority of my administration, and I am happy to partner with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to provide Bronxites a closer look at the future of ferry service in Soundview," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
With nineteen vessels operating at 21 landings across New York City, Citywide Ferry will carry an estimated 4.6 million trips per year across six routes - providing a new and easily accessible transit option to traditionally underserved communities and where job and housing are growing rapidly. For more information and images on Citywide Ferry, please visit www.CitywideFerry.NYC.
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